Bulldogs fall to Tribe in East Tennessee league debut

Published 12:26 pm Thursday, June 11, 2020

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In the first baseball action for Hampton since March, the Bulldogs played the Dobyns-Bennett Indians to a dead heat after one inning. After that, the Tribe put up nine unanswered runs and delivered a 12-3 loss to the Bulldogs on Wednesday evening at Northeast Community Credit Union Ballpark.
“We started last week working in groups of 10 or less at a time,” said Indians head coach Ryan Wagner. “We did a lot of skill work during that time, not a lot of whole team stuff. Basically a lot of infield type stuff and a lot of these guys here tonight are young guys getting an opportunity to play.”
D-B tallied three runs in the top of the first with Andrew Myers drawing a two-out walk from ‘Dogs starter Hunter Haynes.
Tanner Kilgore followed with a single to left and Aiden Byington delivered the first run of the game with a single to right. D-B starting pitcher Harben Gladson was hit by a pitch to load the bases and Joey Carter smacked a two-run double to stake the Tribe to a 3-0 lead.
The ‘Dogs battled back in the bottom of the frame with Caleb Royston opening with a single and after two outs on strikeouts were recorded, catcher Morgan Lyons singled home Royston to cut the deficit to 3-1.
Collin Morgan – a borrowed player from Cloudland – singled home Lyons after he stole second. A couple of wild pitches moved Morgan to third from where he scored on the third wild one from Gladson to knot the score at 3-3.
That was as good as it would get for Hampton who used six hurlers in this contest while the Indians got three shutout innings of relief work from Jarred Mosley.
“We did some good things and I was happy with our second pitcher,” Wagner said. “Mosley was outstanding. He came in and kept our defense involved.
“He threw a lot of strikes and had a few strikeouts in there as well. We scored three runs in the first after two outs so I was proud of the young kids.”
D-B scored a run in the second frame that was unearned after a single to short and a throwing error put runners on second and third for the Tribe and a wild pitch allowed a run to come across for a 4-3 Indians advantage.
Mosley pitched three shutout frames striking out five and walking one. He surrendered just two hits but had to pitch to Morgan with Lyons once again in scoring position in the third frame with the score still 4-3.
Morgan drove a line drive to left where Carter made a falling-down catch to keep Lyons at second.
D-B added six runs in the fourth on just three hits as Hampton pitching was not sharp on this day issuing four walks and as many wild pitches. Mosley singled and J.T. Griswold singled to the infield to load the bases. A wild pitch brought in a run and a hit batter re-loaded the bases.
A second hit batter brought home another run and Kilgore plated two kore runs with a single for an 8-3 Kingsport lead. The inning ended with D-B on top 10-3 as two more runs came across on wild pitches and a ground ball out.
Andrew Myers drove in a pair in the fifth for the final tally of 12-3. He also pitched a scoreless fifth ending the game on a strikeout.
East Tennessee High School League
Dobyns-Bennett 12-3
Dobyns-Bennett 310 62 – 12 11 0
Hampton             300 00 –  3  6 2
W – Mosley. L – Laughters.

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