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'Miracle play' carries 'Toppers to sectional victory

From staff reports • May 18, 2019 at 1:52 AM

KNOXVILLE — Science Hill’s baseball team is headed back to the TSSAA Class AAA tournament after a wild win over Hardin Valley on Friday.

Alex Elmore scored from first on a three-base throwing error in the eighth inning and the Hilltoppers edged the Hawks 8-7.

“I don’t even know what to call that play, but all I know is that it was a miracle play,” Science Hill coach Ryan Edwards said.

Drew Honeycutt set Hardin Valley down in order in the home half of the eighth to end it.

The Hilltoppers jumped out to a 4-0 lead, but Hardin Valley scored four unanswered to tie it after three innings.

Conner Hyatt put Science Hill up 7-4 in the top of the fourth inning with his first varsity homer, but the Hawks tied the game again in the bottom of the sixth with four walks, a Lukas Cook double to deep left field and a balk by Honeycutt.

Honeycutt retired the final six batters he faced, including striking out 8-hole hitter Archer Wong-Shasteen swinging with the bases loaded to end the sixth.

Farragut 2, Tennessee High 0

BRISTOL, Tenn. — Admirals junior Ryan Hagenow outdueled Vikings senior Gavin Cross and Farragut advanced to the Class AAA tournament.

Hagenow and Cross both pitched three-hitters, with Farragut’s ace striking out seven and walking two. Cross fanned five and walked none.

Ashton King provided the game’s big blow, a two-run homer in the top of the third that gave the nine-time state champions from Knoxville a lead that proved insurmountable.

Class AA Sectional

Elizabethton 7, Alcoa 2

ALCOA — Freshman Bryson Rollins plated two of Elizabethton’s three third-inning runs and the Cyclones (26-8) earned a second straight trip to Murfreesboro.

Rollins finished with two hits and three RBIs.

Evan Carter struck out nine, allowed three hits and two unearned runs and walked two in the complete-game effort.

Will Shelton was knocked around for seven hits and six runs, five earned, in six innings for Alcoa (33-6). He walked three and struck out six.

Class A Sectional

University High 11, Harriman, 5 innings

HARRIMAN — Mike Degennaro pitched a one-hitter, allowing only a second-inning single, and drove in four runs to propel the Bucs back to the TSSAA tournament.

Kaleb Meredith went 3-for-4 and scored three runs and Brant Hare was 3-for-3 with two RBIs and two runs scored for University High (26-13). Degennaro, who finished 2-for-4, struck out nine and walked two.



Class A Sectional

Unaka 10, Tellico Plains 8

ELIZABETHTON — Erika Potter smacked a three-run homer in the first inning, Sadie Shoun and Lilie Kiser had two hits and two RBIs apiece and the Lady Rangers clinched a third consecutive trip to the state tournament.

Kailey Wilson was the winner and Shoun earned the save.



Mountain 7 District Tournament

WEBER CITY — Wise Central fought off Ridgeview 5-3 in the consolation match of the Mountain 7 District girls team tournament.

The championship match between Gate City and Class 3 Abingdon was canceled.

Wise Central 5, Ridgeview 3


Hannah McAmis (C) def. Hannah Thacker 6-4, 6-4; Tellie Stafford (R) def. Rachel Hillman 6-3, 6-4; Kally Hughes (R) def. Makenzie Robinette 1-6, 6-1, 6-2; Sydney Linkous (C) def. Hannah Dotson 5-7, 6-3, 7-6 (9-7); Pria Funk (C) def. Emma Mullins 6-1, 6-4; Emily Stanley (C) def. Haley Collins 6-7, 6-3, 6-4.


McAmis/Stafford (R) def. Central 6-4, 7-5; Stanley/Duncan (C) def. Ridgeview 6-1, 2-6, 6-2.

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