Josh Butts swings on a pitch during the first inning of Scott's season-opener against Jellico in Huntsville Monday, March 10, 2014. (Independent Herald photo/LeEtta Boyatt)
Josh Butts swings on a pitch during the first inning of Scott's season-opener against Jellico in Huntsville Monday, March 10, 2014. (Independent Herald photo/LeEtta Boyatt)

HUNTSVILLE — Jellico used an 8-run seventh inning to secure a 19-14 win over Scott High in Monday’s season opener here.

The Blue Devils led 3-1 after one, but then found themselves battling for their lives late before putting the game out of reach in the seventh.

Jon Hamblin scored four runs for Scott, while Jordan Puckett scored three, as the Highlanders rallied from behind.

After scoring one run in the bottom of the first and adding a second in the bottom of the second, the Highlanders went to the third inning trailing 3-2. Two runs for each team in the third, and a scoreless fourth, left Jellico with a 5-4 lead heading into the top of the fifth.

There, the Blue Devils scored six runs to build a commanding 11-4 lead. But the Highlanders would battle back. After Andrew Carson and Hamblin each scored a run in the bottom of the fifth, the Highlanders put five runs on the board in the bottom of the sixth to tie the game heading into the final inning.

Puckett, Carson, Hamblin, Trammell and Strunk all scored in the bottom half of the sixth to force the tie.

In the top of the seventh, however, Jellico scored eight runs to take a 19-11 lead into the bottom half.

The Highlanders were able to put three runs on the board — with Puckett, Carson and Hamblin all scoring — but could not pull off the comeback in the season opener.