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Sams' grand slam helps send Lady Patriots into sectionals

From staff reports • May 15, 2019 at 2:55 AM

GREENEVILLE — A one-run deficit after one inning of play? That’s nothing to the Smash Sisters.

Chelsea Sams unloaded a grand slam as part of Sullivan East’s seven-run second inning, and the Lady Patriots beat host Greeneville 8-4 on Tuesday in the Region 1-AA softball semifinals to lock down a berth in Friday’s sectionals.

Sams’ homer was her 21st of the season.

Emma Timbs went 3-for-4, including a double, with a run scored, Katelyne Loudy singled, walked one and drove in a run, and Cayden Bawgus singled, had an RBI and crossed the plate once for the Lady Patriots (27-15), who advanced to Wednesday’s regional final at Grainger (14-11). Autumn Moore got on base twice, on a hit by pitch and a walk, and plated a run.

Kylee Wolfe pitched 4 1/3 innings for the win. Wolfe scattered six hits, including a pair of solo homers by Alana Collins in the first and third. Hannah Scott tossed the final 2 2/3 innings, giving up one hit while earning the save.

Collins finished 3-for-4 — doubling for her third hit — and Lilly Million and Kelci Cantrell also doubled for the Lady Greene Devils (29-9). Million and Hanna Taylor recorded RBIs.

Kaley Bradley threw 5 1/3 innings in taking the loss.



J.I. Burton 9, Thomas Walker 8

NORTON — MacKenzie Franklin went 3-for-4 with four RBIs — including a walk-off double in the bottom of the seventh inning — to lead the Lady Raiders past the Lady Pioneers in the opening round of the Cumberland District tournament.

J.I. Burton advanced to play Twin Springs on Wednesday at 5 p.m. in the semifinals at McConnell Stadium in Coeburn.

Thomas Walker led 6-4 after five innings, but Burton rode a four-run sixth to an 8-6 advantage. Franklin smacked a two-RBI single that drove in Brianna Gilliman and Sarah Mullins for the 6-6 tie. Bailey Sturgill’s RBI single put the Lady Raiders on top and she later came home on an error.

Thomas Walker pushed across two runs in the top of the seventh to forge a tie at 8, but Franklin then came through with her clutch double.

Franklin, who scored three times, pitched a complete game, striking out 10. She gave up eight hits and eight runs.

Maggie Williams and Sarah Mullins each had two hits each for Burton, which totaled nine hits overall. Williams and Beylee Jenkins each drove in a run.

Thomas Walker’s Courtney Long was 4-for-4. Bella Schwartz and Alexia Norris each finished with two hits apiece.

Rye Cove 14, Castlewood 2

CASTLEWOOD — Behind a 5-for-5, three-RBI performance from Abby Vicars, the Lady Eagles rolled into the Cumberland tournament semifinals.

Vicars also scored four times.

Ashley Smith added three hits — including a homer — and three RBIs and Lexie Rhoten was 3-for-4 with two RBIs for the Lady Eagles.

Rhoten struck out eight in the complete-game win. She allowed five hits and two runs, walking one.

Rye Cove meets Eastside on Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the semifinals at McConnell Stadium in Coeburn.



Science Hill 3, Morristown West 1

JOHNSON CITY — Ethan DeSantis erased the Hilltoppers’ 1-0 deficit six minutes into the second half, Joaquin Subijana put the home team up in the 64th and Science Hill went on to secure a sectional berth.

Dylan Sanchez, who assisted on the DeSantis goal, converted a penalty kick to set the final margin.

Morristown West (12-5-3) went on top in the second minute of the match when Ruben Laureano took a through ball and blasted it into the back of the goal.

The Trojans’ goal stood up for the remainder of the first half.

The Hilltoppers (14-6-1) will host Bearden in Thursday’s regional final.



Gatlinburg-Pittman 3, University High 0, OT

GATLINBURG — University High fell to the defending state champions.

The Bucs held their opposition scoreless in regulation. However, their legs were spent and G-P’s continued rotation of substitutions proved too much. The Highlanders took control in the first overtime when they netted all three goals.

University High (14-5) closed the season with the most single-season wins in school history.



University High 10, Washburn 0, 5 innings

JOHNSON CITY — The Bucs stole 14 bases — four of them by Carter Pollock — in the mercy rule-shortened win over Washburn (7-15) at Thomas Stadium that wrapped up a sectional berth.

University High (25-12) advanced to face Greenback (25-9) for the regional championship Wednesday at 6 p.m. at the David Crockett field.

Pollock also went 2-for-3 with three RBIs and two runs scored. He brought the game to an end in the bottom of the fifth when he was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded.