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Cougars rally to defeat Warriors in opener

From staff reports • Mar 12, 2019 at 1:50 AM

BLOUNTVILLE — The Sullivan Central baseball team brought the drama in its season opener.

Freshman Logan Bowers tied the game with an infield single in his first varsity at-bat, the go-ahead run scored on an error and the Cougars edged visiting Happy Valley 4-3 on Monday.

Ross Beverly earned the win in relief after getting the final four outs for Central. Trey Sells worked the first 5 2/3 innings and hit a two-run double.

UNICOI COUNTY 7, SULLIVAN SOUTH 3

ERWIN — Peyton Whitson struck out six for the Blue Devils, who opened with season with a win over the Rebels.

Whitson also went 3-for-3.

ELIZABETHTON 1, SULLIVAN EAST 0, 9 INNINGS

ELIZABETHTON — Matthew Dailey’s line drive single to center field scored Karson Dillard the bottom of the ninth for the Cyclones.

There was only one hit through the regulation seven innings, a second-inning single by Lawson Wagner.

UNIVERSITY HIGH 25, CLOUDLAND 2

UNIVERSITY HIGH 11, CLOUDLAND 0

JOHNSON CITY — Brant Hare struck out 10 and pitched a no-hitter for the Bucs in the nightcap.

Carter Pollock also struck out 10 in the opener, which also was shortened to five innings.

TWIN SPRINGS 4, UNAKA 3, 8 INNINGS

TWIN SPRINGS 11, UNAKA 1, 4 INNINGS

ELIZABETHTON — The Titans crossed the state line and returned home with a pair of nonconference wins to open the season.

SOFTBALL

SULLIVAN SOUTH 7, SULLIVAN CENTRAL 6

KINGSPORT — Macy Ellis’ RBI single in the bottom of the seventh inning gave Sullivan South the walk-off victory.

Nicole Troutman was 3-for-4 with a home run and a pair of RBIs for the Lady Rebels.

Courtney Willis had three hits and Sydney Sapp had two for the Lady Cougars. Makenzie Wallen and Laura Dade each had two hits for South.

DOBYNS-BENNETT 8, CHEROKEE 3

ROGERSVILLE — Griffin Mullins drove in three runs for the Lady Indians on opening day.

Morgan Riffle limited Cherokee to one earned run.

TENNESSEE HIGH 12, UNIVERSITY HIGH 1, 6 INNINGS

BRISTOL, Tenn. — Nikki Duncan went 4-for-4 and drove in three and Bailey Lamb pitched a one-hitter for the Lady Vikings.

Tori Ryan and Jazmin Hurley each had three hits for Tennessee High. Sydney Trosin had the Lady Bucs’ only hit, an RBI single in the sixth inning.

SULLIVAN EAST 6, ABINGDON 4

ABINGDON — Chelsea Sams went 3-for-4 with two RBIs and scored three runs to lead the Lady Patriots.

Kayden Bawgus was perfect in four at-bats for East.

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