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Week in Sports: April 9 - 14, 2018

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MONDAY, APRIL 9

BASEBALL

John Battle 8, Lee High 7

Landon Moore drove in Eli Todd with the winning run to complete a five-run rally in the bottom of the seventh inning as John Battle slipped past the Generals for a Mountain 7 District win.

Battle trailed 7-0 heading into the bottom of the fourth inning before getting on the scoreboard with one run and adding two more in the fifth.

Isaac Deel recorded two hits for the Trojans.

SOFTBALL

Lebanon 8, Holston 0

Tatum Dye hit a pair of home runs and the Pioneers continued their hot start to the season with a non-district triumph.

Dye finished with three hits and four RBIs and also scored four runs.

Fellow freshman Adrienne Morrison was dominant in the circle as she struck out eight and allowed only two hits in her shutout.

Kara Long and Abby Compton added two hits apiece for the Pioneers.

Sierra Milhorne and Maggie Blevins provided Holston’s only hits.

Ridgeview 6, John Battle 2

Nikole Counts, Hunter Grant and Bailey Frazier each recorded two hits and two runs as Ridgeview pulled off a road upset in Mountain 7 District play.

The Wolfpack (4-1, 2-0) built a 4-0 lead in the second inning and held off the Trojans (4-2, 1-1) the rest of the way.

Autumn Sexton and Sydney Bailey had two apiece for Battle with Sexton hitting a solo home run.

BOYS SOCCER

John Battle 6, Lee High 2

Landon Casteel notched a hat trick to lead the Trojans to a Mountain 7 District triumph.

Jayden Farley, Brayden Stout and Logan Fleenor also each scored for Battle (2-3, 2-1) with Farley recording two assists.

Battle also got an assist from Chase Ratliff and four saves by Parker Smith.

COLLEGE BASEBALL

Wasps lose fifth straight

Former Lebanon High School star Ben Sexton went 4-for-4 and drove in a run, but Emory & Henry suffered a 7-2 loss Monday at Greensboro College in a non-conference game.

Greensboro (14-17) put up five runs in the seventh inning to snap a 2-2 tie and doom the Wasps (9-13) to their fifth straight defeat.


TUESDAY, APRIL 10

BOYS SOCCER

Widener wins it in OT for PH boys soccer 

Nate Widener scored the game-winning goal in overtime as Patrick Henry outlasted Honaker for a 4-3 boys soccer victory Tuesday.

Gavin Grossman added a pair of goals for Patrick Henry and Jeremy Johnson also scored as the Rebels improved to 6-0.

Hannah Hahn had five saves in goal for PH.

Honaker got two goals from Luke Fields and one goal and one assist from Matt Ball.

GIRLS SOCCER

Abingdon 6, Ridgeview 0

The Falcons continued their dominant defensive ways as they recorded a shutout for the fifth time in as many games to open the season.

Jasmine Montgomery and Kylie Howard combined to record the shut in goal for Abingdon (5-0), which got two goals apiece from Gillian Oyos and Claire Bunn.

Anissa Wheeling also scored for Abingdon.

Abigail Agner and Oyos recorded assists.

BASEBALL

Abingdon 18, Ridgeview 0

Tanner Barrs had a four-hit, four-RBI performance highlighted by a pair of home runs as Abingdon blasted the Wolfpack for a Mountain 7 District victory.

Cade Hungate and Colin Matney added two hits apiece for the Falcons, who got the game into run-rule territory with a 14-run fourth inning.

Marion 7, Holston 3

Austin Wyatt only gave up four hits and had seven strikeouts to lead Marion to a win over Holston.

Wyatt also had three hits at the plate and two doubles, and teammate Chase Tucker had two hits.

Leo Ezzell had two hits and two RBIs including a solo home run in the sixth inning for Holston.

Honaker 5, Patrick Henry 1

Blake Stinson struck out 12 batters before Chris Marshall came on to strike out three more and earn the save as Honaker notched a non-district win.

Marshall added three hits and three RBIs at the plate, while Stinson and Shawn Tiller had two hits each.

Colby Taylor had two hits for Patrick Henry.

SOFTBALL

Patrick Henry 14, Honaker 13

Patrick Henry took the victory over Honaker in a tight non-district contest.

Carlee Taylor hit a triple and had two RBIs for Patrick Henry, and Hannah Holmes hit a triple and notched one RBI.

Summer Honaker went 3-5 with a triple and a double and had four RBIs for Honaker.

John Battle 2, Wise County Central 0

Madison Hill shut down the Warriors with a one-hit, 13-strikeout masterpiece as the Trojans earned a Mountain 7 District victory.

Hill and Autumn Sexton also each drove in a run with Sexton scoring twice and hitting a solo home run in the seventh for Battle.

Hannah Carter had the lone hit for Wise County Central.

COLLEGE MEN'S GOLF

Wasps finish 13th

Emory & Henry placed 13th out of 15 teams in the Glenn Heath Shipbuilder Memorial that concluded Tuesday at Williamsburg Golf Club.

The Wasps shot a two-round total of 703, 87 shots behind winner Virginia Wesleyan.

Blake Benson (165) tied for 33rd individually and former John Battle High School standout Wes Blaylock (166) tied for 36th.


WEDNESDAY, APRIL 11

BASEBALL

John Battle 4, Lebanon 1

Jake Mumpower pitched well in relief and Micah Whitt had a key hit as the John Battle Trojans won for the third time in three days.

Battle managed just three hits against Lebanon pitchers Cole Stoots and Preston Steele, but one of those was a two-run double off the bat of Whitt.

Ethan Mayo, Mumpower and Bryce Bowman combined on a three-hitter of their own for John Battle with Mumpower picking up the win and Bowman notching a save.

The Trojans are 5-1 under the direction of first-year head coach Jimmy Gobble.

SOFTBALL

Holston 7, Sullivan East 6

Holston also earned a pair of State Line wins Wednesday for Southwest Virginia in the SWVA vs. Northeast Tennessee clashes as the Cavaliers breezed past the Sullivan East junior varsity 8-1 and earned a dramatic 7-6 victory over Volunteer in their second game.

Down 4-3 against the Falcons heading into the bottom of the sixth inning, Holston pushed across three runs to take the lead only to cough up the advantage as Volunteer re-knotted the score at 6 with two runs in the top of the seventh before Cavaliers pitcher Jordan Lowe wriggled out of the jam.

In the bottom of the seventh, Holston loaded the bases with one out. Maggie Blevins hit a grounder to the right side of the infield and a Cavaliers runner was thrown out at the plate, but Volunteer’s catcher threw wildly to first base in attempt to get a double play and Abbey Conde scampered around from her original starting perch at second base to easily score the game-winning run.

“As soon as I saw it go over the first baseman, I was gone, just turn on the wheels,” Conde said. “No doubt, I knew it right there.”

Conde also excelled in the first game against the East JV as she had two hits and three RBIs.

“It feels great for Holston,” she said. “Especially since we’re a small team, people don’t really expect much out of us, but we come out with heart.”

Volunteer rolled past mistake-prone Honaker for a 12-2 victory in its first game Wednesday despite the Tigers getting three hits from Alexus Cline and a two-RBI performance by Alexis Lowe.


THURSDAY, APRIL 12

BASEBALL

Holston 12, Chilhowie 7

Machenzie Rasnick went 3-for-4, scored three runs and tallied an RBI as Holston outslugged Chilhowie for a Hogoheegee District win.

Holston overcame an early 2-0 deficit and finished with a dozen hits. Tommy Gregor (2-for-3, two RBIs) and Carson Blackburn (2-for-3) also got in on the hit parade. Leo Ezzell struck out seven over six innings to pick up the win on the mound for the Cavaliers.

Matthew Delp and Ethan Armstrong each had two hits for Chilhowie, which committed five errors.

Northwood 5, Patrick Henry 4

Dyson Briggs drove in the winning run on a groundout with the bases loaded in the bottom of the seventh inning as the Panthers posted a Hogoheegee District victory over Patrick Henry.

Northwood overcame an early 2-0 deficit as Austin Barlow (two RBIs) and Jonathon Tiller (two doubles) helped key the comeback. Lathem Foran pitched a complete-game five-hitter and struck out eight in a mound masterpiece.

Colby Taylor had two hits for Patrick Henry, which tied the game with two runs in the top of the seventh inning.

SOFTBALL

Abingdon 7, Patrick Henry 1

Ashli Linkous struck out 12 and did not issue a walk in pitching a four-hitter as Abingdon posted a victory over Patrick Henry.

Lauren Woodall hit a two-run homer to spark a four-run second inning for the Falcons.

BOYS SOCCER

Abingdon 1, Patrick Henry 1

The Washington County rivals played to a deadlock in the much-anticipated matchup.

Abingdon struck first when Aleksander Gjeorgievski found the back of the net on a penalty kick.

Patrick Henry’s Nate Widener had the equalizer in the second half for the Rebels (6-0-1), who got 11 saves from goalkeeper Anna Hahn.


FRIDAY, APRIL 13

BASEBALL

Abingdon 11, Union 1

ABINGDON, Va. — Taking on the explosive Abingdon baseball offense is like standing too close to roaring campfire right as it’s doused with lighter fluid.

The Falcons can flame-up in a hurry, as the Mountain 7 District knows too well.

Union became the latest mercy-rule victim of the Abingdon grinder on Friday, suffering an 11-1 loss to the league leader at Falcon Park.

The Falcons, who beat Ridgeview 18-1 and Lee 17-2 in their previous two outings, improved to 8-1 on the season, 4-0 in the Mountain 7.

Sevier County 6, John Battle 4

Sevier County scored three times in the sixth inning to turn a 4-3 deficit into a 6-4 lead en route to picking up a victory over John Battle in the Smoky Mountain Invitational in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.

SOFTBALL

Tazewell 5, Holston 3

A four-run fourth inning propelled Tazewell to a win over Holston in the Abingdon Invitational.

GIRLS SOCCER

Gate City 4, John Battle 0

Callie McMurray scored all four of Gate City’s goals and goalkeeper Katelynn Parton posted the shutout as the Blue Devils blanked John Battle.

McMurray scored her first goal 24 seconds into the game and found the back of the net twice in the final 90 seconds of the contest. Ashley Carter had two assists.

BOYS SOCCER

John Battle 3, Gate City 2

Jayden Farley and Landon Casteel scored goals as John Battle edged Gate City.

Arturo Morals scored both of Gate City’s goals.

Abingdon 3, Union 0

Aleks Gjeorgeievski had one goal and one assist to lead the Falcons to a win over the Bears.

Also scoring for Abingdon were Nick Fugate and Bryton VanDyke. Hayden Oyos had an assist and Dylan Hale had a shutout on goal for Abingdon (6-0-2).


SATURDAY, APRIL 14

BASEBALL

Patrick Henry 7, George Wythe 1

The Patrick Henry Rebels won the Yo-Na Invitational with a win over George Wythe. No other details were provided.

Pigeon Forge 7, John Battle 2

The John Battle Trojans split their games on Saturday in the Smoky Mountain Invitational.

Jake Mumpower’s walk-off hit gave Battle (6-3) the win over South.

SOFTBALL

Abingdon 5, Tazewell 1

Ashli Linkous struck out 12 in pitching a five-hitter as Abingdon topped Tazewell.

Cameron Wyatt had two hits, including a triple, for the Falcons.

Auburn 14, Holston 1

Patrick Henry 12, Gate City 11

Trailing 9-5, Patrick Henry erupted for seven sixth-inning runs to rally past Gate City in the Abingdon Invitational.

COLLEGE BASEBALL

E&H sweeps baseball doubleheader

The Emory & Henry College Wasps snapped their six-game losing skid by sweeping an Old Dominion Athletic Conference doubleheader from Bridgewater on Saturday by scores of 7-4 and 4-3.

Holden Watkins and Corbin Hockensmith socked home runs for E&H in the opener, while Gavin Felty (John Battle) struck out nine in pitching a complete game for his fourth victory of 2018.

The Wasps (11-14, 4-10) received two hits from Lebanon High School graduate Ben Sexton in taking the second game.

COLLEGE SOFTBALL

McClanahan stars for E&H

Madison McClanahan came through in the clutch for the Emory & Henry College Wasps on Saturday.

The former Abingdon High School standout mashed a three-run double to spark a four-run sixth inning as E&H earned a 4-3 win over Eastern Mennonite in the first game of an Old Dominion Athletic Conference doubleheader.

The Wasps (25-7, 6-4) received four RBIs from Caley Hodge in the second game, an 8-5 victory that completed the sweep.


COLLEGE SIGNINGS

Muncy inks with E&H

Muncy pitches and plays third base for the Warriors and was a 2017 all-conference selection.

Two Patriots to ink

Sullivan East will host a signing ceremony Wednesday at 2:30 p.m. as two Patriots make their collegiate choices.

Ethan Wine will ink with the Emory & Henry swimming program, while Tabby Gragg will sign to participate in cheerleading at King University.

George Wythe players make plans

George Wythe High School seniors Gavin Gray, Charlie Caudill, Parker Coe and Deacon Beamer have made plans to play football at the next level.

Gray, a 6-foot-3, 285-pound center, has signed with NCAA Division II Tusculum College. Gray was a second-team all-state selection in 2017.

Caudill, a 6-foot-4, 270-pound tackle on both sides of the ball, is headed to Christopher Newport.

Coe, a 6-foot-3, 285-pound lineman, racked up nine tackles for loss during the 2017 season and will join Beamer, GW’s quarterback, at Emory & Henry.

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