Pike shines in VI victory

from staff reports
   BRISTOL, Va. -- Brandon Pike was at his peak Monday afternoon.
   The former Elizabethton High standout breezed in his singles and doubles matches to lead the Virginia Intermont Cobra tennis team to a 9-0 victory over the Milligan College Buffaloes on the campus of Virginia Intermont.
   In a battle of former Northeast Tennessee high school prodigies, Pike knocked off Science Hill graduate Jon Michael Lukianoff 6-1, 6-2. Pike teamed up with Isaac Hill for an 8-3 doubles win over Adam Campbell and Joe Westerman.
   Virginia Intermont also received singles wins from Vinicius Bitencourt, Sergio Tejada, Robby Pierce, Isaac Hill and Jared Casto all had singles wins for the Cobras.
   Virginia Intermont improves to 10-5 on the year and 8-2 in the AAC.

Hampton knocks off Mitchell County

   SPRUCE PINE, N.C.-- Dustin Crumley's two-run homer in the top of the fifth was the difference in the Hampton Bulldogs' 7-5 victory over Mitchell County Monday afternoon.
   The score was 5-5 when Crumley knocked it out of the park.
   Kevin Harrison hit a solo homer in the top of the first for the Bulldogs.
   Adam Miller got the complete game victory, as he gave up only seven hits on the afternoon.
   "Adam did a real good job," Hampton head coach Scotty Bunton said.
   Crumley, Harrison, Eric Swain and Justin Waycaster all had two hits for the Bulldogs.
   Hampton improves to 6-7 with the victory.
   "We've been playing pretty solid baseball lately," Bunton said.

Lady Warriors best Boone

   GRAY -- The Happy Valley Lady Warriors embraced a much-needed victory on Monday at Daniel Boone High School.
   Scoring three runs in the top of the first innings, Happy Valley rode that good start to a 5-3 victory over the Lady Trailblazers.
   "We've been looking for a turning point, and hopefully this might be it," said Lady Warriors coach Karri Killen. "Boone is a good team. They had beaten us the last two times we played them, so this is a good win."
   After yielding two runs in the first, Leanna Howell was tough to hit until Kortney Goulds took over in the sixth. Howell collected her second win of the year, while Goulds recorded the save.
   Brandi Dugger led the Lady Warrior bats, going 2-for-3, while Terra Whaley chipped in a solid 2-for-4 performance.
   Happy Valley did a good overall job defensively, committing just two errors.
   "I've been saying the season's going to depend on errors," said Killen. "We only had two, so it makes a big difference."
   Boone was topped by Ashley Hawkins, who went 2-for-5.
   Happy Valley stays on the road today, traveling to Volunteer. The Lady Warriors visit Elizabethton on Wednesday.

'Horns nudge North

   There was no room to relax for Sullivan North and Johnson County in their Watauga Conference baseball encounter on Monday afternoon.
   Trailing almost the entire game, but keeping it close along the way, the Longhorns staged a rally in the bottom of the seventh inning to capture a 5-4 win.
   "North's a good team," said Johnson County coach Pete Pavusek. "It was a good game."
   Down 4-3 in the seventh, the 'Horns got a leadoff single from Junior Paisley, then Michael Reid got on base with a bunt base hit.
   After Adam Johnson hit into a fielder's choice to third, Jeff Lewis struck out.
   Down to their last out, the 'Horns got the clutch hit they needed as Judd Townsend drove in Reid to tie things up. From there, Chad Reece tagged a grounder to the North shortstop, but a dropped ball on an attempted forceout at second enabled Johnson to come home with the winning run.
   On the mound for the 'Horns was Jon Arnold (4-1), who struck out five batters while going the distance.
   "He did a good job of scattering seven hits," Pavusek said.
   Townsend topped Johnson County offensively, batting 2-for-2 with a home run. Paisley, Reid, Johnson, Lewis and Matt McQueen added one hit apiece.
   For the Golden Raiders, who scored two runs in the fifth to go up 4-1 -- Johnson County scored two in the bottom of the inning -- got a 4-for-4 performance from Chuck Odom.
   Jeremy Jenkins tagged a home run.

Lady Buffs sweep Brevard

   BREVARD, N.C. -- The Milligan College softball team had the brooms out Monday afternoon.
   The Lady Buffaloes swept Brevard in doubleheader action. Milligan won the games by scores of 7-2 and 8-3.
   Brandy Waddle tossed a complete game in the first contest, allowing just four hits. She improves to 8-4 on the season.
   Brooke Davis and Lori Bambridge each had two hits to lead the Lady Buffs.
   Former Unaka standout Ashley Fine earned the victory in game two. She allowed just five hits on the day.
   Andrea Henriott went 3-for-3 for the Lady Buffs.
   Milligan runs its record to 13-10 overall and 12-3 in the Appalachian Athletic Conference.