Seymour battles for win over Karns
Seymour had to work for it, but the Eagles pulled out a 3-2 win over Karns on Thursday thanks to an RBI single from pitcher Gunner Gibson in the fifth inning.
“I just wanted to get a hit right there,” Gibson said. “It was a relief. … Used to, we’d just find ways to lose. Now, we’re finding ways to win.”
Gibson had to battle on the mound, facing base runners in each of the first five innings before he sat the Beavers down in order in the sixth and seventh. He pitched around three errors while striking out seven. Karns stranded eight runners, including three in the second.
“There’s an old saying that usually the team that wins in the major leagues scores more in one inning than the other team does the entire game,” said Seymour coach Scott Norman. “That’s what you do is try to stay away from big innings. If they get one here or one there, you just don’t have breakdown defensively. You keep your intensity.”
The Eagles fell behind 1-0 in the second off a double down the left-field line by Tucker Pate. Hunter Longmire tied the game with an RBI double in the bottom half of the inning before Daniel Widner came home when Cade Snapp reached on an error.
The Beavers came right back and tied it in the fifth on an error, setting up Gibson’s game-winning hit in the bottom half of the frame. After Kendall Catlett led off with a double, the pitcher came up with two hits. His shot up the middle bounced off the foot of Karns pitcher Drew Korzybski and into the outfield.
“We’re not swinging it real well so we have to play a little small ball,” Norman said. “We have to find a way to dig out two, three runs.”
Sevier County wins two
SEVIERVILLE — The Smoky Bears won two games in walk-off fashion, the second even more remarkable than the first on Thursday.
Sevier County scored four in the ninth, capped by a Garrett Gay RBI single, to beats Gibbs 6-5. The Bears needed every one of those runs after the Eagles had scored three in the top of the inning to break a 2-2 deadlock.
“It was crazy,” said Sevier County coach Casey Taylor. “How many times do you see a team score three in the ninth and by God, you go and score four?”
Jacob Whaley, Alan Silva, Dallas Gossett, Dalton Ford, Nick Osborne and Gay all reached in the final inning for the win.
The victory came after the Bears had dispatched Sullivan South, 6-5, in similar fashion with a walk-off single from Silva in the seventh. Sevier County led 5-0 in that game before the visitors rallied to tie the game in the seventh. That’s when Silva missed a bunt twice with Whaley on second before driving a ball between the first and second basemen. Silva finished with three hits, three stolen bases and two RBI while Ford reached base three times in the win. Zach Linginfelter got a no decision after allowing just one run and two hits through six while striking out nine. Kody Paul got a no decision in the nightcap, throwing 131 pitches over eight innings, allowing two runs while striking out six. “The first (game) was more, you just want to avoid losing it,” Taylor said. “The second one, that’s the kind of game that can change your season. It was intense…. It was like a boxing match.”
Pigeon Forge 1
PIGEON FORGE — The Tigers scored in the sixth and had runners on second and third with nobody out but couldn’t tie the game.
“It was a pretty evenly matched game,” said Pigeon Forge coach Mike Guinn. “We lost our plate discipline in one inning and that was the difference in the game. It’s a situation where we probably tried to do too much.” The Tigers threatened again in the seventh but couldn’t advance runners from first and second with two outs. Josh Griffin had two hits, including a double, while Chase Effler had a walk, a single and an RBI. Seth LaFollette had two hits. Pitcher Koleman Roach went the distance, striking out five and allowing five hits while walking one
Sevier County 7
SEVIERVILLE — Coach Ashley Miller said the Bearettes pitching struggled as the visitors “crushed the ball.”
Sevier County had some pretty good success at the plate, too. It just wasn’t enough to keep up. Laura Ratledge, Emily Lavoie and Maiya Hilsinger had two hits each while Jana Watkins doubled in the loss.
Union County 5, Pigeon Forge 3
PIGEON FORGE — The Tigers had the lead entering the seventh but gave up three unearned runs in the loss.
Jessie Sharp pitched all seven innings for Pigeon Forge, striking out three. Sharp, Kaitlin Metcalf and Carson Montgomery each had two hits.
Clinton 2, TKA 1
SEYMOUR — Haven Taylor held the visitors to just two hits in this loss.
The Lions had six hits on the day but coach Marc Weekly said his team just couldn’t bring runners home.
Pigeon Forge 8, Harriman 0
PIGEON FORGE — Tigers coach Bill Moseley said he got all 34 of his players some time in this blowout victory.
“We were just moving the ball,” he said. “Better possession, moving the ball around the field. Just possession and moving the ball.”
Gatlinburg-Pittman 3, Rockwood 2
ROCKWOOD — Harrison Genseal had two goals while Luke Stone added a third to lead the Highlanders to the victory.
The Highlanders were up 2-0 at halftime, but coach Zach Schrandt said G-P didn’t carry its possession advantage into the second half.
“Rockwood came out (after halftime) with great intensity and caught us a little bit flat-footed,” Schrandt said. “It cost us. They closed the gap and really made us play the full 80 to get the win.”
Seymour sweeps Cherokee
ROGERSVILLE — The Eagle boys won 9-0 while the girls prevailed 6-3.
Dylan Cox, Aaron Jennings and Matt Hurton didn’t lose a game in singles victories for the boys. Cherokee didn’t win more than two games in any match.
Seymour’s girls lost at top two singles but swept the next four and won the bottom two doubles matches as well. Cheyenne King, Megan Bernin, Shelby Rooney and Mikayla Harris had two wins each in the victory.