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Rebels answer in seventh to down Raiders

JEFF BIRCHFIELD • Apr 4, 2019 at 10:30 PM

KINGSPORT — Sullivan South had the big answer in the final inning.

After Sullivan North rallied to tie the game in the sixth inning, the Rebels plated four runs in the top of the seventh to pull out an 8-4 non-conference baseball victory.

Austin Monds had two hits, scored two runs and added a go-ahead sacrifice fly in the seventh in the road win.

“We’ve been hitting pretty good and doing a good job of picking somebody up when we don’t get it done at the plate,” South coach Anthony Richardson said. “We’ve been scoring multiple runs in an inning, and that last inning was a big one for us. We never quit.”

The Rebels (10-4) were effective throughout the lineup as James Seto and Drew Creech also had two hits, while Jeffrey Leonard also scored two runs.

Jacob Light pitched into the sixth inning before giving way to Creech, who came in with the Rebels leading 4-3, but the bases loaded. While North (7-6) scored the tying run, Creech came through with a strikeout and a ground out to limit the damage.

“I thought Jacob threw well for us in his second start,” Richardson said. “We will need him down the road come tournament time. Drew came out and got us out of that bases-loaded jam.

We will need him in that role down the road to come in and get people out. We’re pleased to get a ‘W’ and get out of here.”

RAIDERS RALLY

For North, Casey Hartsell had two hits, including an RBI single for the Raiders’ first run. Dale Potter had an RBI single in the sixth inning, as he, Brandon Wilhoit and Chandler Raleigh accounted for the tying runs.

Potter ended 2 for 4, while Hunter Dingus came through with a big hit to advance the runners. Cole Bear, who was the starting pitcher, had a bases-loaded walk and Brayden Ketron came through with an RBI single.

“I was real proud of them. They battled hard, just came up short,” North coach Steve Dixon said. “We hit some line drives and just hit them right at them. We had four or five of those at least.”

NEXT UP

South will host Volunteer on Friday, while North travels to Wise Central.

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