PF Tigers dominate Gibbs
When it rains, it pours.
Especially if you’re an opponent of the Pigeon Forge Tigers (31-2 overall) when senior ace Wil Crowe is on the field.
The Tigers pounded the visiting Gibbs Eagles 12-0 Saturday during a deluge at Jack A. Parton Field. And, if playing in the rain wasn’t bad enough for the Eagles, they were no-hit over five innings by the big right-hander.
Crowe fanned five Eagles and allowed only two baserunners, both hit batters, in the mercy-shortened affair.
Crowe also connected on a grand slam in the Tigers’ first raps, further opening up a big lead already provided by a two-run homer from his catcher Ben Breazeale and RBIs from Koleman Roach and Chase Effler.
The score stood 9-0 after just the first inning.
“We just came out with a great approach in the that first inning and any time you’ve got a good first inning with weather like this (it’s going to be tough on an opponent),” PF coach Mike Guinn said.
Just getting the game in was an ordeal.
With rain falling through much of the preceding game between Carter and Fulton, the field was already soggy before the biggest part of precipitation moved in.
But the Tigers’ coaching staff and volunteering parents kept the playing field manageable.
“It was a great effort from all 16 (players), and the parents were great — we had a lot of professionals out there working on the field,” Guinn said. “And kudos to my coaches, Eric Sharp and Tyler Woodruff — they me be in line for some field crew jobs in the big leagues they were unreal.”
Guinn also praised left fielder Chase Effler, who had a 2-for-3 night at the plate and has really been coming on of late.
“Chase Effler stepped up and really had a great game all around,” Guinn said. “He went 2-for-3 tonight and was outstanding.”
The win propels Pigeon Forge to Tuesday, when they’ll face the winner of Carter/Union versus Gibbs.