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Casey, 'Toppers deny Bulldogs in regional final

From staff reports • May 17, 2019 at 1:53 AM

JOHNSON CITY — Chris Casey made Dylan Sanchez’s goal in the 34th minute stand up and Science Hill survived Bearden 1-0 on Thursday in the championship game of the Region 1-AAA boys soccer tournament.

“The energy level tonight was fantastic,” Science Hill coach David Strickland said. “Everyone was checked in and focused.”

Science Hill (15-6-1) will host Karns in a TSSAA sectional match on Saturday. Bearden (17-3-0) must travel to Farragut. The winners of those contests earn berths in the state tournament.

Bearden produced 12 shots, six on goal, in the second half, but Casey was impenetrable — and handed the Bulldogs their first shutout of the season.

“It was nerve-wracking,” Casey said. “I had to step up and be big for my team when it mattered.”



Central 3, Lee 1

NORTON — Isabella Sturgill netted a pair of goals and recorded an assist to lead the Lady Warriors to a win in the opening round of the Mountain 7 girls tournament.

Mary Studemann contributed a goal and an assist to the winning cause. Taylor Gentry also came through with an assist and Caitlynn Maggard recorded four saves in goal for Central, which faces John Battle on Saturday in the semifinals at Sugar Hollow Park in Bristol, Va.

Abingdon 8, Union 0

ABINGDON — Claire Bunn was a one-woman wrecking crew, scoring seven goals for the Lady Falcons.

Hannah Meade scored the other goal for Abingdon.



Union 8, Lee 5

BIG STONE GAP — The Bears broke on top 6-0 in the second inning and kept the Generals at bay the rest of the way to advance to the Mountain 7 tournament semifinals.

Landry Baker went 2-for-4 and drove in three runs for Union. Mason Caldwell and Austin Gibson each finished 2-for-3, with Caldwell driving in a pair of runs.

Cam Bartee picked up the win.

Blake Willis finished 3-for-4 with an RBI and Kolby Reed also went 3-for-4 for the Generals, who outhit the home team 11-10.

The Bears play John Battle on Saturday at Abingdon. First pitch is scheduled for 4:30 p.m.

Gate City 11, Wise Central 3

GATE CITY — The Blue Devils scored three runs in each of the first, fourth and six innings to put away the Warriors.

Carter Babb, Ryan Jessee and Jake Taylor had two hits apiece for Gate City, Babb driving in two runs and Jessee and Taylor recording an RBI apiece.

Taylor also recorded the complete-game win. He scattered seven hits and allowed three earned runs with five strikeouts and two walks.

The Blue Devils advanced to face top-seeded host Abingdon on Saturday at 7 p.m. in the tournament semifinals.

Jordan Bishop and Evan Stanley belted homers for Central, which was hurt by four errors. Ethan Mullins and EJ McDaniel both finished 2-for-3.

John Battle 12, Ridgeview 0

BRISTOL, Va. — Sophomore Jacob Hutton pitched a five-inning, one-hit shutout in the Trojans’ first-round win.

Only three Wolfpack batters reached base against Hutton. One of them was Gabe Counts, who singled in the third for Ridgeview’s only hit.

The Trojans piled up 14 hits, getting two apiece from Eli Todd, Zane Poe, Dylan Cunningham, Garrett Bowman and Landon Moore.



Ridgeview 3, Wise Central 2

CLINTWOOD — Laura Rasnick scored on a passed ball in the bottom of the sixth and the Lady Wolfpack survived a two-out double in the top of the seventh to beat the Lady Warriors.

Ridgeview managed only three hits against Central’s Bayleigh Allison, but Nikole Counts countered by allowing only one earned run in notching the complete-game victory. Counts, L.J. Swiney and Camdyn Sykes had the hits for Ridgeview.

Brook Porter was 3-for-4, including two doubles, and Hannah Carter was 2-for-3 with an RBI for the Lady Warriors. Allison also doubled and drove in a run.