Six-run inning powers Pigeon Forge to victory
This wasn’t looking good for the Pigeon Forge softball team.
Third baseman McKenzie Murphy was stuck on the bench with an injury and Fulton had just gone up two runs on Thursday. That’s when the Tigers exploded, plating six runs in an 11-batter fourth to take a 9-3 victory.
“Certain times you get down on yourself and the team gets down,” said Tigers second baseman BrieAnna Styles. “Alisha (Norris), the girl before me, she went up there and got a hit which got everyone pumped up. I was going up there with the mentality I was going to get a hit anyway.”
Styles’ single that bounced off the first-base bag scored Norris, giving Pigeon Forge its first lead of the game. Styles and the next two Tiger batters would eventually score to give Pigeon Forge control for good.
Jessie Sharp made it all stand up in the circle while going 2 for 3 with a triple and a pair of RBI. Norris scored twice and tripled. Jimena Meza had two bunt singles and two runs.
“You have to have that want in you to win a ball game,” said Murphy, who eventually returned after getting her hand taped up. “We want it for our seniors. Last year we had an OK season. This year we’re in here to win it. We want every single ball game we can get.”
Seymour 10, Sevier County 0
SEYMOUR — Sam Trentham didn't allow a hit in this five-inning affair.
The Eagles’ sophomore pitcher struck out eight Bearettes. She didn’t walk anyone.
Reid Ballard drove in a pair for Seymour while Lauren Irwin had two hits, including a triple, and two runs. Taylor Erjavec, Miranda Duncan, Trentham, Hannah Lawson, Kaitlin Atkins and Danielle Mull each drove in a run. Trentham also doubled.
Union County 13, Gatlinburg-Pittman 1
MAYNARDVILLE — Eight errors hurt the Highlanders in this loss.
Only six of the runs Emily Hudson and Kelsey Henry surrendered on the day were earned due to those miscues. Cassidy Richardson was 2 for 2 at the plate while Kylie Loveday had a triple. Jerri Leffew drove G-P’s lone run.
Pigeon Forge 5, Wilson Hall (S.C.)
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. — Bryson Sullivan scored in the top of the seventh to lift the Tigers past previously unbeaten Wilson Hall.
Sullivan was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning before moving to second on a Chase Effler single. Scott Lafollette sacrificed him to third before Jake Griffin reached on an error, scoring Sullivan.
Thomas Simms got the win, pitching the final 3 2/3 innings and allowing four hits but no runs. Pigeon Forge led 4-0 before its opponents from Sumter, S.C. scored three in the third and tied the game in the fourth.
Effler had two hits while Jake Griffin had a double and drove in two.