Gatlinburg-Pittman falls to Halls, 5-0
Some costly mistakes and timely hitting from Halls doomed Gatlinburg-Pittman’s baseball team on Tuesday.
Clay Walker blasted a three-run homer to left after Highlanders starter Austin Sides walked the first two batters of the third inning en route to a 5-0 Red Devils victory at Smokies Stadium. That pivotal third became a four-run inning when Logan McMahan reached on an error and eventually scored.
G-P had just two hits against Halls starter Jonathan Wyrick and dropped three fly balls on defense.
“It’s just putting a complete game together,” said Highlanders coach Josh Warner. “I don’t know if it’s focus, I don’t know. We’ve got to continue to work. They showed signs. It’s just getting consistent every single day and that’s part of the process.”
Matthew Sides was the only G-P batter to get past first base, advancing to second when a throw went into the dugout and out of play in the second. Isaiah Morris and Kyle Viers had singles. Viers flew out to end the first after Morris got his team’s first hit while Kevin Profetta grounded into a double play in the fourth to wipe out Viers.
“We were ready to start the game fired up,” Austin Sides said. “As the game went on, they started scoring some runs. We just lost focus and got down a little bit.”
Wilson Hall (S.C.) 1, Pigeon Forge 0
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. — The Tigers couldn’t generate a run in this one.
Scott Lafollette had two hits and reached third twice, but three Pigeon Forge batters struck out with the senior 90 feet from home to strand him both times. Josh Griffin added a double. Max McCoig took the loss, allowing three hits and a run while striking out five.