Editorial: Congratulations to local athletes, teams for making it to Spring Fling

May. 20, 2013 @ 11:54 PM

They call it the Spring Fling, but that may not be the name given to it by sportswriters from across the state who have to find a way to cover athletes in spring sports competing for state titles and trophies at venues all over the city of Murfreesboro. This is how the Tennessee Secondary Schools Athletic Association has set it up.

Sevier County is well represented as usual. We are sending two teams: Pigeon Forge baseball and Seymour softball. In addition a number of athletes in track and field and other sports will be traveling to that city south of Nashville in pursuit of titles as well. It is chaotic, thrilling and a nightmare at times to cover. Sports Editor Jason Davis will be there all week getting to as many events involving local athletes as he can.

The spotlight is on the teams we are sending. Seymour's softball team looks formidable. The Lady Eagles easily defeated Farragut on Friday to earn a spot in the Spring Fling. The team, coached by Dayna Carter, is 41-6-1 for the season and will be making its third straight appearance in the tournament.

The Pigeon Forge baseball team barely worked up a sweat en route to its second straight berth in the Spring Fling. The Tigers defeated Greeneville 10-0 in Friday night game shortened to six innings by the mercy rule. The Tigers look to be the team to beat, with a pitching staff anchored by Wil Crowe, one of the nation's top high school baseball players and a sure bet to be drafted by a Major League team later this spring. He can't do it all, but the Tigers, coached by Mike Guinn, have other quality players as well.

It will be hard for many fans of the athletes and schools to make the nearly four-hour trip to Murfreesboro to follow their favorite sport. You can keep up through The Mountain Press and Jason Davis' Twitter account (@jasondavispress).

Making it to the Spring Fling means you are among the top individuals or teams in all of Tennessee. That's an accomplishment. Now let's go get some trophies. The big ones.