Wild In-Store Tour for Region 1 Spring Sports Teams | Sports


Of all the weeks on the high school sports calendar, the next five days are perhaps the craziest race.

It encompasses elimination games sandwiched around region title contests that often mean more than just gaining home field advantage for the section. This sometimes includes avoiding the toughest team in Region 2.

The Region 1 semifinals in baseball and softball are scheduled for Monday and the finals Wednesday. Section competitions, with a spot in the state tournament at stake, are held on Friday. Football follows with a Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday setup.

The TSSAA Spring Fling is scheduled for May 24-27 in Murfreesboro. This is a five state championship pursuit that also includes tennis and track and field.

Tennis athletes will compete in individual tournaments in the region on Monday. The Class AAA tournament is scheduled for a 10 a.m. start at Sevierville City Park. The Class A event is at Tyson Park in Knoxville, starting at 9 a.m.

But to get “there,” teams must start “here.” And here is a preview of what awaits the region’s baseball, softball and soccer teams.

BASEBALL

1-4A

Science Hill probably doesn’t need advice on not neglecting an opponent, but he may need to guard against overconfidence.

The defending state champion Hilltoppers not only crushed Jefferson County by a combined 34-6 margin in two March games, but they can also see the Patriots come down 10-2, 11-1 against the county. of Sevier in District 2-4A. championship round.

However, the Hilltoppers proved they could handle the task at hand. They haven’t lost a postseason game since 2019 — with a 13-game streak — and are 25-2 in district, region and section since 2018.

Daniel Boone is a declared underdog against Sevier County, but the Trailblazers’ response to that would likely be, “So what?” They have beaten Science Hill to 33 wins twice. And of their other 11 wins, seven were against the following teams: 24 wins from Tennessee High, 18 wins from South-Doyle, Gibbs, defending Class AA state champion, 22 wins from Loudon, 18 wins from West Ridge (twice) and 21 – win Dobyns-Bennett.

Favorite title: Science Hill

1-3A

Sullivan East proved himself by winning the district title.

The Patriots are good in the batting box and good on the mound, which bodes well for playoff success.

Greeneville was 5-13 at one point, so the 18-18 overall rating is not a good indicator of this team’s chances of winning the region.

And Tennessee High is always a dangerous team.

Favorite title: Sullivan East.

1-2A

It’s hard to imagine anyone in the state rivaling Pigeon Forge at this level, but Union County does own a win over the Tigers.

It will be interesting to see how Chuckey-Doak takes on the Patriots as the Black Knights have had their own sparkling season.

Favorite Title: Pigeon Forge.

1-1A

Semifinals in this region are often a formality for District 1 teams, and college high school should definitely roll.

But due to Hampton’s lack of experience at this level of the playoffs, the Bulldogs will have to prove it for another shot at UH.

Favorite Title: University High

SOFT BALL 1-4A

In May, Daniel Boone played six games and scored the following totals: 14, 9, 11, 10, 11 and 11.

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The varsity-level roster paid off at the right time, but giving up 10 points to Dobyns-Bennett in their final game must give the Lady Trailblazers at least a little break as they step into regional competition. Boone’s top two pitchers have allowed 13 hits and 10 runs in 5 2/3 innings of work.

To make things even more interesting, the opponent in the semi-finals: Morristown East. The Lady Hurricanes, behind pitcher Kylie Rader, gave up just three and six runs in a pair of one-run losses to Boone this season.

Meanwhile, Dobyns-Bennett will look to maintain their late-season pace against Morristown’s other team: West. The teams have not met this year, but have similar records. The Lady Indians were 2-8 in the league this year, but found the formula in the district to earn a spot in the region.

Favorite Song: Daniel Boone

1-3A

The District 1 league has had some good depth this year, but how will it compare to the best District 2 has to offer?

Greeneville has a solid roster and it will take top-notch pitching to contain Lady Greene’s Devils.

Tennessee High and Elizabethton also have good rosters.

Favorite track: Greeneville

1-2A

A top-notch throw likely gives District 2 teams a leg up on District 1 teams.

But Johnson County and South Greene are scrappy and can put points on the board.

Favorite track: Alcoa

1-1A

If the story holds, Unaka and North Greene have another encounter coming up in the Region Finals.

Cosby has lost six times in the semifinals in the past seven years, five of those losses to North Greene.

Favorite song: Unaka

SOCCER 1-3A

It’s not an easy road for Dobyns-Bennett as the Indians face a defending state champion in Sevier County, which won the Class AA state title last season.

Science Hill lost to Jefferson County this season, but it was only 1-0 and early April before the Hilltoppers found the stride they captured in the district tournament.

Favorite Title: Science Hill

1-2A

It’s all about Greeneville, but maybe Tennessee High could get another chance against the Greene Devils because the Vikings should have a chance against Grainger.

Favorite title: Greeneville.

1-1A

Pittman has appeared in each of the last three state championship games, winning in 2018. And Alcoa beat the Highlanders in the district final.

It’s going to be tough for University High or Chuckey-Doak to break through with a win.

Favorite track: Alcoa

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