KINGSPORT — Jacob Gossett kickstarted Morristown East with a single in his first at-bat, and Carson Shockley went the distance on the mound as the Hurricanes topped Daniel Boone 6-4 at Hunter Wright Stadium on Thursday.
Gossett went 3-for-3 and scored three runs for East (8-9), with Kyle Compton and Shockley both collecting two hits while Bradley Edwards had one.
Compton singled home Gossett to pull East even, and Edwards lined a two-out base hit to left which sent home David Ellison and Braxton Hanshaw to put the ‘Canes up 3-1 after one.
Gossett made it 4-1 in the second when Compton reached on an error by the Trailblazers (10-7), who pulled within 4-3 in the top of the sixth.
But East responded as Compton sent home Gossett with a ground-ball double and Landon Grizzell crossed home thanks to a catcher error in the home half.
Despite allowing a leadoff single in the seventh, Shockley (3-1) kept the damage to a minimum by forcing three straight groundouts to end the game. He struck out three and gave up just one earned run on five hits as East committed two errors.
Preston Miller took the loss for Daniel Boone, giving up three earned runs on five hits through the first 1.2 innings.
Ben Allen went 2-for-3 to lead the Trailblazers at the plate.
East takes on David Crockett tonight, with first pitch set for 5 p.m. at Daniel Boone High School.
Knoxville Catholic 2, Morristown West 1 (9 innings)
A costly ninth inning error came back to haunt Morristown West as the Trojans dropped a 2-1 decision to Knoxville Catholic at Trojan Park.
Cam Beldyk scored when Emery Wright reached on a two-out error in right field, and the Fighting Irish (11-5) retired the side in the bottom half for the extra-inning win.
Cooper Whitt and Alex DiFelice both had two hits for Catholic, the latter tying the score at 1 with his line-drive RBI single in the sixth.
Rece Harpst pitched the final three innings and earned the win, allowing no hits by the Trojans (12-5).
Kyle Lewis, Zack Young, Marshall Smith and Mason McDaniel all had one hit for West, with Smith sending home Lewis for a 1-0 lead in the second with a line-drive double to left.
Nate Watson threw seven innings and struck out five while allowing one earned run on five hits. Blaine Robinson pitched the last two innings and took the loss despite three strikeouts while allowing no earned runs on two hits.
West entertains Hardin Valley for a 6 p.m. first pitch tonight.
South-Doyle 1, Morristown East 0
KNOXVILLE — South-Doyle dealt Morristown East it’s third straight loss on Thursday night with a 1-nil win at Billy K. Nicely Memorial Stadium.
Ethan Rummel scored the lone goal of the game to give the Cherokees the win as Tanner Harp earned the shutout win on goal.
The Hurricanes (3-3-2) visit conference rival Bearden at 7 p.m. on Monday.