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Bowery, Creech key South’s comeback victory over East

By Douglas Fritz • May 6, 2019 at 12:30 AM

JOHNSON CITY — When they met in the regular season two weeks ago, Sullivan South hammered Sullivan East in both games.

This time the Rebels had to fight tooth and nail for it.

Rallying for five runs in the bottom of the fifth inning, South overcame a three-run deficit for a 6-5 win over the Patriots in the winners’ bracket semifinals of the District 1-AA baseball tournament at TVA Credit Union Ballpark on Sunday night.

South (19-10) will play Elizabethton in the winners’ bracket final on Tuesday. The Cyclones beat Unicoi County 6-0 on Sunday.

Sullivan East (15-13) fell into the losers’ bracket. The Patriots will play Tuesday following Elizabethton’s win over Unicoi.

Happy Valley will play Johnson County on Monday at 5 p.m. The winner of that game will play Unicoi County at 7:30 p.m.


Trailing 4-1, it was getting a little late for the Rebels.

“You’re always concerned,” said South coach Anthony Richardson. “You never know when you’re going to get going. I know we’re capable of that. We’ve had a lot of big innings this season. We’ve had more big innings than one-run innings.”

A pair of errors got the rally started and Chase Bowery made East pay with a stinging line-drive double that hugged the left-field line. The hit scored two runs to make it 4-3.

Then Drew Creech authored a mammoth 400-foot triple to center field, tying the game.

“My coach looked at me and said, ‘Don’t miss it,’ ” Creech said. “I was looking fastball and strike. It was, and I turned on it and hit it. It’s deep in center field, so I thought that’s not out. It’s going to hit the wall, so I can at least get a triple.”

A walk and two hit batters later, the Rebels had the lead. Another walk made it 6-4.


East scored twice in the third inning on a hit batter and Dylan Bartley’s sacrifice fly. Bartley added an RBI double in the fifth to make it 3-1. Ethan Perry pushed the advantage with a sacrifice fly.

Bartley had two hits to lead the Patriots.

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