Big inning, Cross bat leads Vikings past Blue Devils | Sports
BRISTOL, Tenn. — Tennessee High bounced back from a disappointing loss by using their home plate power to claim a 12-4 Interstate Baseball victory over Gate City on Tuesday at Tod Houston Field.
“It was a good rebound win,” said Vikings coach Preston Roberts, whose team fell to Daniel Boone 6-3 on Monday in their first game of the season.
“I still think there’s a bit more offense in some of our guys. They press a little. But it was a much better approach today. Some guys have stepped up offensively.
“It has the potential to be a really good team,” Roberts added. “I really like this team. We just have to keep working.
GREAT ON THE PLATE
The Vikings hit 12 hits with Garrett Cross providing the bulk of their offense.
The senior went 4 for 4, finishing a shy double to hit for the round. He hit two singles and a triple and hit a three-run homer in the fourth inning as part of a Vikings seven-run frame.
“I was right on time and got some good pitches and was able to hit them,” said Cross, who had five RBIs. “We had a big fourth set and that kind of helped us because all the momentum went our way. (The home run) gave us three more points and just helped us take all their momentum away.
THE FOURTH ROUND
Leading 2-1 in the bottom of the fourth, Tennessee High put the game out of reach with that big inning. The seven runs came with two outs.
“We had two withdrawals and we couldn’t withdraw that third,” Gate City manager Jonathon Salyer said after watching his side abandon their first game of the season. “Good teams are going to make you pay for that.
“Other than this set, it’s 5-4, and it’s not a bad game. We just fell apart in this round.
In addition to Cross’ big game, the Vikings had two hits and two RBIs each from Evan Mutter and Andrew Dingus.
Brayden Cox and Ryan Jessee were responsible for four of Gate City’s six hits, each with two. Jessee also drove in two runs.
Tennessee High is back in action Thursday at David Crockett.
The Blue Devils are out until March 22, when they are scheduled to host University High.