Staff photo by Olivia Ross / East Hamilton's Henley Apps gets a hit. East Hamilton High School took on Ooltewah at home on April 25, 2022.

The work Silverdale Baptist Academy's baseball team has done indoors is certainly transferring out onto the field.

Seahawks hitters, who have spent extra time inside their new hitting facility, have clobbered an eye-popping 44 home runs in 27 games — adding six in Monday's 17-7 win over Sequatchie County.

Junior slugger Turner Junkins had half his team's home run total Monday, going 3-for-4 with eight RBIs and nearly had a four-homer game if not for being robbed at the fence. Junkins now has six homers for the season.

"It's fun to watch our guys at the plate right now," said Seahawks coach Lance Rorex, whose team improved to 23-3-1 overall. "Our kids are confident every time up and nobody wants to be the guy who doesn't hit the ball because they know their teammates will say something about it.

"The kids have spent a lot of extra time in our new hitting facility and that work is paying off."

Silverdale Baptist collected 14 total hits, scoring in every inning except the fourth and Bryson Cline added three RBIs. Maddox Jones pitched four innings for the win.

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Seahawks bats, led by Junkins' eight RBIs, blister Sequatchie County

Boyd Buchanan 11, Marion County 1: A six-run first inning put the Buccaneers in control. Cody Johnston drove in four runs, while Jacob Pickett plated three and also struck out five in five innings pitched.

Baylor 6, McCallie 1: The Red Raiders scored in each of the first three innings to stake Patrick Johnson to a commanding lead and the senior right-hander allowed just three hits over six innings to earn the win. Henry Godbout was 2-for-3 with three RBIs and Carson Yates drove in two for Baylor.

Carter Hewitt went 2-for-3 with an RBI for McCallie.

East Hamilton 8, Soddy-Daisy 2: Brayden Jasper scattered six hits, striking out seven for the win and the Hurricanes collected 11 hits, led by Jack McBrayer, Joe Quinlan and Ethan Evans who each had two hits.

Bledsoe County 4, Sale Creek 1: Tanner Everett went the distance, striking out 13 and also went 2-for-3 with a run scored to lead the Warriors. John-Marshall Bridges drove in a pair of runs for Bledsoe County. Javan O'Kelley went 2-for-3 for the Panthers and Garrett Pickett drove in his team's lone run.

Whitwell 6, South Pittsburg 4: The Tigers built a 6-0 lead and held off a late rally. Garrett Miller went 2-for-3 with two runs scored and Michael Kilgore drove in two runs for the Tigers, while Colby Elwood allowed just four hits over 6 2/3 innings pitched. Jace Stone went 2-for-4 with two RBIs for the Pirates.

Notre Dame 12, Grace Academy 0: Jacob Eargle went the distance, striking out four and allowing just three hits, and also drove in three runs in the four-inning decision.

Notre Dame 6, Grace Academy 5: The Fighting Irish scored three runs in the final two innings, including two in the home half of the fifth, to rally for the win, with Abrahm Shull plating the game-winning run. Ramsey Brumlow had two RBIs for Grace.

Knoxville Catholic 7, Chattanooga Christian 1: The Fighting Irish scored three runs in each of the first two innings and cruised the rest of the way. Luke Tinholt drove in CCS' lone run and had one of his team's two hits.

Knoxville Catholic 20, Chattanooga Christian 2: Ian Hubbard, Jack Kupfner and Joey Lamattina all drove in three runs for the Fighting Irish, who out-hit the Chargers 16-4 and were helped by six CCS errors.

Bradley Central 12, Ooltewah 0: Cooper Casteel drove in five runs and allowed just one hit, striking out 10 to earn the win. The Bears scored five runs in the second and added five more in the fourth as Dakota Peace collected three RBIs.



Columbia Academy 2, Baylor 1: Karli Quillin's home run in the ninth inning proved to be the difference in a battle of pitching and sharp defense. Both teams managed just three hits and Baylor's Kaylee Snyder struck out 15 batters. Morgan Sharpe scored in the sixth for Baylor (24-2) when she doubled and was later plated on a Raven Jones sacrifice fly.

Boyd Buchanan 6, Bradley Central 5: The Lady Buccaneers rallied for five runs in the home half of the seventh for the win. Brooke Watson was 2-for-3 with a home run and two RBIs to lead Boyd Buchanan, while Skyler Sundstrom went 3-for-3 and Gracie Wickham added two hits. Bailey Lockhart and Lynlee Hodge each had two hits for Bradley Central.

Silverdale Baptist 4, Walker Valley 2: The Lady Seahawks scored three runs in the first two innings and Katie Willoughby went the distance, striking out seven for the win. The Lady Seahawks out-hit Walker Valley 14-5, with Kennedy Stinson collecting two hits and driving in two runs.

Meigs County 2, Sweetwater 0: Lainey Fitzgerald allowed just one hit, striking out 11, and also drove in a run to lead the Lady Tigers. Sierra Howard also had an RBI as Meigs County scored both of its runs in the first inning.

Sale Creek 19, Hixson 0: The Lady Panthers struck for 10 runs in the second inning and out-hit the Lady Wildcats 13-1. Kaylen Guffey drove in three runs and Lexi Raines and Madi Beene each plated two.



Soddy-Daisy 2, East Ridge 1: Omar Lopez and Luke Cabe each scored a goal for the Trojans, while Jackson Voiles added an assist. Soddy-Daisy out-shot East Ridge 11-3.