Pigeon Forge completes sweep at BSN Classic
The Pigeon Forge Tigers (6-0 overall) finished out a perfect week of baseball Saturday night with a 6-5 win over Maryville in the finals of the BSN Team Sports Classic.
The Rebels had reached the finals by way of an extra-innings victory over Seymour High 7-6 in the semifinals. Pigeon Forge reached the tournament championship by shutting out Bearden 12-0 earlier Saturday afternoon.
The Tigers threw sophomore Thomas Simms in the game, and accoring to coach Mike Guinn, his squad wasn’t prepared to play.
“Against Maryville we just came out flat,” Guinn said. “We kind of got up pretty big for the Bearden game, and it’s tough to play two in the same day.
“You get up for the first one, and you’ve got a break and you’ve got to find a way to get yourself back in the groove,” he said.
“We were just going through the motions the first three innings.”
The Tigers found themselves down heading into the fifth inning, before a Chase Effler RBI single knotted the game at 5-5.
In the sixth, the Tigers went ahead for good as Jake Griffin drove in senior Ben Breazeale with a go-ahead single.
Wil Crowe, the star of the earlier game with Bearden, pitched the final 3 2/3 against Maryville, striking out eight Rebels to close the door and earn his second pitching victory of the day. He gave up just one hit, with no walks and no runs.
In the end, Guinn was happy with his team’s effort in the opening week of the prep season.
“I’m real pleased with our first week,” he said.
The Tigers were scheduled to host Union County on Monday and at the Patriots’ park on Tuesday. If the game Monday was rained out, the two squads will play a doubleheader at Pigeon Forge today.
In the meantime, the Seymour Eagles and Sevier County Smoky Bears each lost their two final games at the BSN Team Sports Classic Tournament, earning their first defeats of the season.
The Eagles (3-2) lost their semifinal matchup with Maryville 7-6 in extra innings and then lost a 3-2 nail-biter to Gibbs.
Sevier County (4-2) fell to Gibbs 6-3 before losing to Oak Ridge 6-3.