GRAY — Morristown East didn’t take long to get its offense going on Friday night.
The Hurricanes collected 12 hits and rolled to an 11-5 win over David Crockett in the Tribe Classic, which was moved to Daniel Boone High School on Friday due to rain in Kingsport.
Kyle Compton and Jacob Gossett both batted 3-for-5, the former recording a team-high 3 RBIs for the Hurricanes.
Landon Grizzell had two hits with David Ellison, Esten Devault, Layne Atkins and Austin Williams each recording one.
Joey Johnson (2-1) picked up the wire-to-wire win, striking out two and allowing four earned runs on 10 hits in seven innings of baseball.
East pushed across four runs in the first inning as Compton broke the scoreless tie with an RBI single and David Ellison doubled in another run. Ellison then scored on a shortstop error and Jesse Haase drew a bases-loaded walk to make it 4-0, a lead which stood until the third when the Pioneers pulled within 4-2.
But the Hurricanes answered with four more runs in the fourth as Gossett scored on a sac fly with Devault, Atkins and Williams each singling home one run to make it 8-2.
Johnson took ball four with the bags full in the fifth, and East closed its scoring in the sixth when Grizzell lined an RBI single and scored on Compton’s double to center.
Cade Larkins started and took the loss for David Crockett, fanning one and giving up six earned runs on six hits through 3.2 innings.
Cody Wheeley and Garrett Leonard had two hits apiece.
Greeneville 13, East 1
KINGSPORT — Greeneville started fast and pulled away in the third inning as the Greene Devils thumped Morristown East 13-1 in the Tribe Classic semifinals at Hunter Wright Stadium on Saturday morning.
Dalton McLain and Braden Spano both hit 3-for-3 and combined for six runs batted in while Bryce Buchanan and C.J. Henley each had two as Greeneville finished with 12 as a team.
Jacques Gillespie-Taylor started and got the win after throwing the first three innings, striking out two and giving up one earned run on four hits.
Jacob Gossett led the Hurricanes by going 2-for-3 at the plate. David Ellison, Carson Shockley and Layne Atkins all had one hit.
The Greene Devils led 4-0 after the first inning and took a 5-0 lead to the third, where Jesse Haase drew a leadoff walk and scored on Kyle Compton’s groundout to make it 5-1.
But was all East could manage before Greeneville pushed across eight in the bottom half of the frame.
Compton (0-1) pitched the first 2.1 innings and took the loss, allowing nine earned runs on eight hits.
Knoxville Catholic 13, East 6
KINGSPORT — Knoxville Catholic collected 15 hits and claimed third place in the 2019 Tribe Classic with a 13-6 victory over Morristown East at Hunter Wright Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
Kaden Martin, Cooper Whitt and Garrett Lewis all finished with three hits and two RBIs to lead the Fighting Irish while Ryan MacDonald and Rece Harpst had two hits apiece.
Kaden White pitched three innings and got the win, fanning three and allowing one earned run on three hits.
Austin Williams batted 2-for-3 with an RBI and Kyle Compton hit 2-for-4 to least East’s eight-hit performance. Jesse Haase, Landon Grizzell, Carson Shockley and Carter Mink all recorded one hit.
After falling behind 1-0 in the first inning, East rebounded and took a 3-1 lead in the third. Hunter Thompson reached on a dropped third strike and scored on an error by the pitcher, and Grizzell sent two runners home with his ground-ball single.
The Irish pulled even in the bottom half, but East took a 4-3 lead in the fourth on Williams’ RBI double.
Even though Knoxville Catholic grabbed a 6-4 lead in the home half, the Hurricanes pulled even at 6 in the fifth. Compton led off with a single and scored on Braxton Hanshaw’s groundout, and Shockley tied the score on a passed ball.
But the Fighting Irish scored four runs in the fifth and three in the sixth to pull away from East.
Hunter Thompson (0-2) was tagged with the loss for the ‘Canes, as he struck out two and allowed six earned runs on nine hits in the first 3.2 innings.
The Hurricanes return to conference play with a trip to South-Doyle on Monday, with first pitch set for 7:30 p.m. in Knoxville.