Maryville shuts out Seymour behind solid strikes and throws | Sports

Maryville baseball coach Adam Sullivan hoped Saturday was a sign of things to come for his hitters.

After taking a hard fall in recent games, the Rebels were able to string together one of their best hitting performances of the past week, connecting on five hits, including a home run from Brady Powell, and earning a win. help on the mound to shut out Seymour, 8-0, in the Demarini Invitational at Coulter Grove Intermediate School.

With a tough District 4-4A slate awaiting them next week, starting with Farragut on Monday, getting the bats started was a welcome sight for Sullivan.

“I felt like our guys, we still have a lot of batting attacks where we’re just giving up strikeouts,” Sullivan told The Daily Times. “But, I feel like the guys are starting to come. Maybe we just need more bats. Perhaps it is still too early. It was Game 8, so maybe the more sticks we have, the better off we will be. We have to pull ourselves together quickly because we have a big week next week.

“We’ve got a lot ahead of us at the district level and we’re going to have to have a lot of really good batsmen because everyone in our district has a ‘guy’.

After losing top first baseman Riley Orr for the rest of the afternoon in the top of the first inning to an accidental collision with Seymour’s Parker Seal while trying to field a pitch from the third baseman, Maryville starting pitcher Eli Elkins managed to get the Rebels out of the inning is unscathed despite the Eagles getting a pair of runners.

Maryville (7-2) then scored two runs in the bottom half to go up 2-0, but its biggest inning came in the fourth, scoring four runs to inflate that lead 6-0, starting with a Landon Dockery on your mind. to left field.

Two at-bats later and after stealing second and third, Dockery scored on a passed ball. Burks scored on a ground RBI from Cade Batchelor, then with the bases loaded, Isaiah French doubled on the left to get Eli Hames and Justin Millsaps through.

“It was a huge loss,” Sullivan said. “They were probably thinking about Riley, but I think they were just trying to do what they had to do to win. We haven’t been hitting well the last few days, but we had a better approach there, but maybe- to be that (Orr’s injury) kind of shocked them to focus more.

Powell delivered the biggest blow to Seymour in the fifth, starting with a solo home run well over the left field wall to push the Rebels’ lead to 7-0 and nearly put him out of reach.

“Guys were happy for Brady,” Sullivan said. “We love Brady. We give him a hard time because he talks a lot, but we’re all having fun and I’m happy for him. It was a big hit for us and kind of put things off. scope.

Seymour’s junior right-hander Ian Sonner was also playing inspired baseball, making his first start since recovering from a PCL injury, and had a win-worthy throwing performance.

He went three innings giving up a single hit and throwing eight strikeouts before Seymour coach Kyle Koeneman decided to retire him to save his arm for the Eagles’ 3-3A district game against Northview Monday.

“(Sonner) was fantastic,” Koeneman said. “He’s fresh off a PCL injury and he’s only pitched two innings in relief, so it was his first start. That first run, he was really gassing up, trying to do too much. This second run and more, he just settled in and beat the zone. It’s what he knows how to do best. »

Throwing was also key for Maryville as Eli Elkins recorded three strikeouts in addition to three innings of work before Burks entered the fourth to throw four strikeouts and keep Seymour scoreless the rest of the way.

“I thought Eli didn’t have the best, he’s still getting back into shape, but DJ came in and did a fantastic job,” Sullivan said. “I can’t say enough. I’m proud of him. He’s a competitor, he plays football, he can play basketball. He just went out there and did his thing and we really needed him to do a good job there because we have home games next week which are really big. Our pitching has done a good job (this season). They kept us in every game.

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