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Crockett subdues Lebanon with back-to-back homers

By Tanner Cook • Mar 30, 2019 at 2:44 AM

KINGSPORT — A late power surge propelled the David Crockett softball team to a 3-1 win over Lebanon on Friday afternoon at the Eastman Invitational.

In the top of the fifth inning, Matty McKee and Alyssa Suits led off the Crockett half of the frame with back-to-back home runs to left field.

Crockett accounted for only five hits on the afternoon against one of the powerhouses in Southwest Virginia the past few years, but the Lady Pioneers from Tennessee made the hits count.

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Kara Weems got the win in the circle for Crockett, striking out five and allowing four hits. Madison Hamm struck out three in taking the loss.

1, 2 ... 4?

The bottom of the second inning started off with Hamm grounding to third for the first out for Lebanon.

Then things got a little confusing.

Haley Finney came to the plate as the No. 5 batter and reached on a single. There was a problem, though: She was slated to be the sixth batter in the order. The next batter for Lebanon, Adrianna Morrison, stepped to the plate and was called out for batting out of turn. That made two outs in the inning.

Abby Compton came up next and grounded to third for out No. 3 — but the inning continued.

Lebanon wound up scoring when Maggie Lampkin singled to bring Finney home from second and tie the score at 1.

The inning came to an end when Averie Price popped out to third.

OTHER GAMES

David Crockett 9, Greeneville 3

The Lady Pioneers got home runs from Weems, Mackenzie Baldwin and Riley Hope.

Suits chipped in as well, going 3-for-3 with a pair of RBIs and three runs scored. Ashlyn Dulaney was also 3-for-3.

Jenna Davis got the win in the circle, going four innings and allowing five hits.

Volunteer 1, White House-Heritage 0

The Lady Falcons got a superb pitching performance out of Sydney Allen, who tossed eight shutout innings, struck out five and gave up just two hits.

Volunteer only managed six hits but got a big one when it counted. Raenah Barton started off the eighth with a single and scored when Alli Chandler reached on a throwing error to first base.

Unaka 9, Volunteer 4

The Lady Rangers started off hot but so did Volunteer, and the score was tied at 4 with only one frame gone.

Unaka pulled away in the fourth inning with five runs thanks to a series of three Volunteer errors.

Erika Potter was 2-for-3 with two RBIs for Unaka.

Anderson County 8, Unaka 1

Hannah Bruce handcuffed Unaka’s offense, amassing 10 strikeouts en route to a five-inning two-hitter.

Erika Potter was 1-for-1 and Lilie Kiser 1-for-2 for the Lady Rangers.

Dobyns-Bennett 3, Sullivan Central 1

The Lady Indians couldn’t get anything going against Sydney Snapp for most of the game until breaking through in the sixth.

Morgan Riffle also pitched brilliantly for Dobyns-Bennett, going the distance and allowing just two hits.

Evee Battisto started off the sixth for D-B with a walk and later scored on a series of Lady Cougars errors. Kassidy Miller got the credit for the game-tying and go-ahead RBIs.

Daniel Boone 8, Cookeville 2

The Lady Trailblazers got another win in on the second day at Eastman, this time beating the Lady Cavaliers of Cookeville.

Jaycie Jenkins and McKenna Dietz each accounted for a pair of hits for Boone, and Dietz finished with two RBIs and a triple.

Boone pitcher Megan Ackerman also contributed two RBIs.

Ackerman twirled just over five innings of work, fanning five and allowing seven hits.

Daniel Boone 7, Knox Catholic 5

McKenna Dietz, Savannah Jesse and Jaycie Jenkins had two hits apiece for Boone, which wiped out an early 3-0 deficit.

Dietz doubled and also scored twice. Nickolette Ferguson handled the pitching duties in the victory, totaling five strikeouts while yielding two earned runs.

Lebanon 10, Happy Valley 0

Adrienne Morrison no-hit the Lady Warriors and Madison Valney and Tatum Dye each had a home run for Lebanon.

Olivia Absher and Cierra Southerland each drew a walk for Happy Valley to break up the perfect game.

Cloudland 5, Happy Valley 1

Karah and Kaylen Fields each racked up two hits for the Lady Highlanders. Cloudland racked up eight hits on the afternoon while Happy Valley tallied six.

Allie Grindstaff collected the lone RBI for the Lady Warriors.

Unicoi County 3, William Blount 2

Betsabe Chavez was 3-for-3 for the Lady Blue Devils in the win over William Blount.

Allie Griffith proved solid in the circle, going six strong innings, striking out five and allowing seven hits. She also went 3-for-3 with an RBI double.

Unicoi County 8, Walker Valley 2

Carly Kinsler went 3-for-3 and Allee Griffith turned in a good showing from the slab for the Lady Blue Devils.

Samanta Chavez contributed two runs and a double for Unicoi.

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