Sevier County beats CCHS
With the wind howling through Cliff Davis Field, the No. 1-seeded Sevier County Smoky Bears breezed through their first-round IMAC tournament Cocke County Friday night 11-2.
The Bears jumped out to a 9-0 lead after just two innings, as errors and SCHS doomed the No. 8 seed Fighting Cocks.
A walk to Dillon Cate, double from Dallas Gossett and pitch that got into NIck Clabo loaded the bases with no outs in the first frame for the Bears.
Cleanup hitting sophomore Nick Osborne cashed in for the Purple and White with a two-run double, and after Jeff Henry took a walk, a two-run single from Kody Paul upped the ante to 4-0 Bears.
Moments later another run crossed the plate when the Fighting Cocks second baseman let a Garrett Gay grounder go through his legs and into the outfield, making the score 5-0.
RBI singles in the second from Henry and Gay, with runs scored on a wild pitch and another CCHS error moved the tally to 9-0 by the end of the second.
From there the Bears had it on cruise control, pulling Osborne from the mound to save his arm and getting time for the SCHS bench.
“We’re just trying to keep some guys healthy,” SCHS coach Casey Taylor said. “We came out and got off to good
start, and once we knew we had control of it there we tried to manage some guys, manage some arms and manage some bodies.”
The two teams each plated a pair of runs the rest of the way, and the Fighting Cocks were able to avoid the mercy-rule loss by staying within 10 runs of the regular-season champs.
The Bears advance to face the winner of Friday night’s Jefferson County/Seymour game today at SCHS at 2 p.m. if weather cooperates.
“It looks like we’ll get to see another good matchup of (Dillon) Cate and (Seymour’s Hunter) Neff.”
With weather forecasts showing a possible rain-out Saturday, coach Taylor said he’d tried to shuffle games to earlier times to no avail.
“It’s been crazy, I know Districts 3 and 4 are going at like 10 and 12:30,” he said.
“We were trying to get our start-times bumped up here as well, but teams weren’t in favor of it.”
Should games be postponed today, the schedule would move back to Monday, and winners in the loser’s bracket would be forced to play twice in one day.