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Baseball team takes over top spot in conference

Pitcher Caleb Wilson tosses the ball to first base for an out against Sullivan East. (Erwin Record Staff Photo by Keeli Parkey)
Pitcher Caleb Wilson tosses the ball to first base for an out against Sullivan East. (Erwin Record Staff Photo by Keeli Parkey)

By Keeli Parkey

The Unicoi County High School baseball team currently sits atop the Three Rivers Conference thanks to a victory last week.

The Blue Devils (15-12, 8-2) defeated the Sullivan East Patriots 5-1 on Tuesday, April 18, in Erwin.

“This was a huge game for us,” head coach Chad Gillis said. “Going into the game we knew the winner would take first place in the conference.”

It was the Blue Devil defense that stepped up to get win.

“We play really well defensively,” Gillis said. “Shaddon (Peavyhouse) dominated on the mound.”

Peavyhouse allowed only 1 run and struck out 7 batters in almost 4 innings of work. He also went 2-for-4 at the plate, including the go-ahead home run, with 2 RBIs.

Nick Fender went 3-for-4 with 2 RBIs in the win.

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The Blue Devils lost all of their games in the Tribe Classic played last week. With rain playing havoc with the tournament schedule, UCHS was able to get in three games during the tournament.

On Thursday, April 20, the Blue Devils fell to Dobyns-Bennett, the host team, 12-2.

Peavyhouse was 2-for-3 at the plate and pitcher Gavin Casey took the loss for UCHS.

Dylan Putman took to the mound for the Blue Devils later on Thursday against Greeneville. Despite losing 3-1, Gillis said Putman performed well for his team.

“Dylan threw a great game,” Gillis added. “This was his first start in three weeks. He really kept their hitters off balance and competed for seven innings.”

UCHS ended the Tribe Classic with a 13-7 loss to Tennessee High on Friday, April 21.

“This was a tough game for us,” Gillis said. “We couldn’t get in a rhythm on the mound or really even at the plate. We turned it up in the seventh, but was a little too late. We still have to learn how to compete everyday.”

Wilson took the loss for the Blue Devils.

Fender and Putman were both 3-for-4 with 1 home run in the game. Troy Podvin was 2-for-4 with a home run.

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The Blue Devils were scheduled to face conference foe Happy Valley on Tuesday, April 25, in Carter County after The Erwin Record’s press deadline for this issue.

They are also scheduled to travel to Knox Central on Thursday, April 27, for a game beginning at 6 p.m.

Their final Three Rivers Conference game of the season is set for Tuesday, May 2, at Sullivan North at 6 p.m. Their final regular season game is set for Wednesday, May 3, at 6 p.m. at David Crockett.