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Pitching and defense took the day off Saturday as Harriman downed Knoxville Christian School, 14-11, in a game played at Loudon High School.
Saturday’s contest was a seesaw affair from the beginning as the Knights scored in four of their six trips to the plate while Harriman scored in five of the six innings played.
Harriman opened the game with a run in the top of the first inning. Grant Jenkins singled and scored the run after back-to-back two-out singles from Brantley Diggs and Chase Hamby.
The Blue Devils made it 3-0 with two runs in the top of the second inning. Jacob Nelson and Bobby Jackson singled in the frame and both came around to score for the Devils.
Knoxville Christian scored its first run in the bottom of the second inning, but Harriman got that run back in the top of the third to make the score 4-1.
Hamby doubled and scored on a single from Alex Wampler.
The seesaw teetered in Knoxville Christian’s favor in the bottom of the third inning. The Knights scored five runs in the frame to take a 6-4 lead into the fourth inning.
The fourth inning would see both teams combine for six runs. Harriman scored four of those runs to pull even at 8-8.
Pitches hit Clay Redmon and Dillon Reynolds in the frame while Jackson picked up a single, but the big blow of the frame came on a two-run double from Jenkins. Chase Randolph added an RBI on a fielder’s choice.
The offensive fireworks eased in the fifth inning with neither team scoring, but they picked up again in the sixth.
Harriman put together a six-run rally in the top of the inning with all six runs coming with two outs.
Wampler, Nelson, Redmon, Jackson, Reynolds and Jenkins scored the runs with Jackson, Reynolds, Jenkins, Randolph and Diggs all picking up RBIs in the frame.
The six-run lead was needed as Knoxville Christian scored three runs in the bottom of the frame to make the final score 14-11.
Jenkins (3-5, 2B, 2 RBIs, 3 runs), Diggs (3-5, 2 RBIs), Hamby (3-4, 2B) and Jackson (2-3, 1 RBI, 3 runs) all had multiple hits for Harriman in the win.
Harriman vs. Alcoa
Before taking on Knoxville Christian, the Blue Devils played Alcoa Saturday afternoon. This game was totally different as both teams combined for just six hits with the Tornadoes scoring an unearned run in the second inning for a 1-0 victory.
Harriman freshman Hunter Atwell handcuffed the Tornadoes for much of the day as he tossed a complete-game three-hitter with six strikeouts.
Offensively, Harriman had its struggles as three hits and one walk were all they could muster.
Harriman’s first hit came in the top of the third inning when Jackson singled with one out.
Harriman’s best scoring chance came in the sixth inning when Redmon singled and Jackson walked with two outs, but both were left stranded.
Randolph added a two-out single for the Devils in the sixth inning.