Late inning comeback lifts ETSU over Villanova in walk-off fashion

  • March 17, 2024

Friday afternoon was a day ready for a comeback in Johnson City.

Going into the bottom of the seventh inning, the ETSU Bucs were staring at an 11-5 deficit on a day where they had already overcome a three-run deficit earlier in the game.

But that was no problem for the Buccaneers who have thrived on their home diamond early in the 2024 season.

After a bases loaded walk and a wild pitch helped the Bucs walk two runs across the plate to cut into the gap, a Cameron Sisneros sacrifice fly brought in another run to make it 11-8. Then, a Cody Miller single scored Jamie Palmese and Nick Innantone to suddenly make it a one-run game before heading to the eighth inning.

In the bottom half of the eighth, Noah Webb lifted a ball over the wall to tie things up in a high scoring affair – ultimately leading to the Bucs’ chance to win it.

After the Bucs bullpen put up another zero on the board in the top half of the ninth, it was time for late game magic to open the three-game series. And it happened off of the bat of Cody Miller.

Miller, who drove in two in the seventh to pull within one, became the hero in the ninth with an RBI single to score Brogan Jones as the Bucs celebrated the walk-off win over the Wildcats.

Noah Webb led the day offensively with a big 4-5 day from the dish and 2 RBIs, followed by the hero Miller, who went 3-6 with 4 RBIs. Innantone and Sisneros each added multi-hit days, as well to help the Bucs.

On the mound, Derek McCarley picked up his third win of the season after tossing the scoreless top of the

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Diamond Wildcats claim district volleyball title | Sports

  • October 25, 2023

The Diamond Wildcats’ task was clear — stop a young Miller team from claiming its fifth straight district title in volley.

Mission accomplished — in dominating fashion — as Diamond (33-4-1) swept the Cardinals (20-13-2) 3-0 in the Class 2, District 11 championship match on Thursday night at Miller High School in front of a packed gymnasium.

Diamond now awaits the winner of the District 12 tourney, which concludes Monday. The Wildcats will host the state quarterfinal and the winner of District 12 next Thursday for the right to advance to the Final Four.

Miller — which at five students over enrollment limits to remain in Class 1 was moved to Class 2 this year — held an early 3-1 lead in the first set, but relinquished the lead for good at 4-5. Diamond extended its lead to 20-14 on a Miller spike that flew out of bounds. Miller scored 3 straight points at 22-17 to pull within 2, but the Wildcats tallied the final 5 points of the set, including an Aubrey Ball spike that went off the arms of a Miller blocker and fell out of bounds for the final point and a 25-20 Diamond win.

In the second set, Diamond got an early 9-3 lead, but Miller rallied to close the gap to 12-9. Diamond responded and held its biggest lead of the set at 22-13 after a service ace by senior Caitlyn Suhrie.

Miller closed to within 7 points at 24-17, but a tip over the net by junior Lauren Turner fell just short of Miller’s Lauryn Landers and the Wildcats sealed the second-set win 25-17 to go up 2-0 in the match.

The Wildcats wasted no time exerting their dominance in the third set and sprinted out to an early 5-0 lead. A

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