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Hot-hitting Vikings end Trailblazers' season

By JOHNNY WILSON, Sports Correspondent • May 7, 2019 at 2:42 AM

BRISTOL, Tenn. — Unfortunately for Daniel Boone, the Tennessee High baseball team wore its collective hitting shoes Monday night.

The often-potent Vikings were just too much on this warm evening, ripping line drive after line drive and eliminating the Trailblazers from the District 1-AAA tournament with a 9-3 decision at Tod Houston Field.

Tennessee High (24-10) stayed alive to meet Dobyns-Bennett at 6 p.m. on Tuesday in another elimination game. Boone (18-12) had just five hits in the season-ending loss.

THS banged out a dozen base hits and got a nice, two-man pitching effort from Cole Presson and Gavin Cross.

Davis Hall, a senior who collected three hits and four RBIs, led the Vikings’ offense. Ryan Gibson, who collected three hits and scored two runs, and Bryce Snyder, with a pair of RBI singles, contributed heavily as well.

DEUCES WILD

The fourth-seeded Vikings strung together three straight two-run innings to gain the upper hand.

Run-scoring singles by Snyder and Hall put Tennessee High up 2-0 in the second, before third-seeded Boone scored in the bottom of the frame when Hunter Adams blasted a solo home run to left field.

The Vikings scored twice more in the third for a 4-1 edge, Snyder again plating one run with a lined single and C.J. Hess plating the other with a sacrifice fly.

The advantage went to 6-1 with a two-spot in the top of the fourth. Jarrett Powell drove one home with a single and another run scored on a wild pitch.

The Trailblazers scored twice in the bottom of the fourth to get back to within 6-3 and chase Presson. A wild pitch and a passed ball scored the runs for Boone, which also took advantage of two walks, a Tennessee High error and an Adams single.

CROSS PICKS UP PRESSON

Presson eased through three innings, allowing only the homer to Adams, before a Vikings error to lead off the bottom of the fourth began Boone's two-run rally.

The Trailblazers, after scoring twice in the inning, had a chance to do some damage with the bases loaded and only one out, but Cross struck out two straight to put out the flame of Boone's last real threat.

A left-handed senior who has signed with Virginia Tech, Cross picked up the win after striking out eight and allowing three hits in his four innings of work.

Ryne Haney, who was relieved first by Chase Chandler and later by Gavin Jones, took the loss after working the initial two innings.

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