Roundup: Pigeon Forge rolls by Carter
Mike Guinn figured it’d be a big play or two that would decide a tight game between his Pigeon Forge baseball team and Carter on Tuesday.
There were big plays but they all went the Tigers way in the third inning of an 8-0 victory for Pigeon Forge. The Tigers scored six runs in that inning, including three on a bases-clearing double from Scott LaFollette.
“Our players capitalized, took advantage of some opportunities,” Guinn said. “Of course, we play them again and it’s going to be a new day. We have to play at a very high level for us to be successful.”
LaFollette finished with those three RBI and a pair of doubles while Chase Effler drove in two and Koleman Roach scored twice. Thomas Simms had one hit, a huge bunt single down the third-base line in the third that kept the inning alive. He pitched 5 2/3 for the win, scattering four hits and striking out two.
Two of those hits came in the first two innings when the Hornets stranded three baserunners. Then it all went downhill for the guests in the third.
“They got the momentum,” said Hornets coach Scott Rimmer. “They got a few breaks here and there. They got a few calls that really went their way that kind of took the momentum out of our sails.”
Pigeon Forge got 11 at-bats in the inning, picking up four hits. That included two infield singles.
“Everybody’s got to go out and do their job,” Roach said. “That’s what we did in that inning. Scott came through with a really big hit. We were behind him the whole way. We got up in the dugout real loud in that inning and I think that had a big effect on it. ‘Cause when we get up, it gets the whole team going.”
Sevier County 9, Cherokee 1
SEVIERVILLE — The Smoky Bears exploded for five runs in the fifth off four hits to roll to the victory.
Alan Silva had tow RBI singles and stole three bases on the night while Kody Paul scored twice, drove in a run and stole two bases. Jacob Whaley had two hits on the night.
Zach Linginfelter started the game on the mound for Sevier County, striking out 10 and allowing just two hits. Bears coach Casey Taylor said he was happy with the sweep but he would’ve liked to have scored a little earlier after the Bears stranded four runners the first two innings.
“I wish we would’ve scored a little bit earlier,” Taylor said. “That’s something we can tune up a little bit. Anytime you can get a sweep in that fashion, you’ll take it. We got a lot of guys healthy and got a lot of guys some playing time.”
Fulton 4, Gatlinburg-Pittman 3
GATLINBURG — The Highlanders scored three in the first and had the lead entering the seventh before the Falcons’ Willard Hayden hit a two-run homer to give Fulton the lead.
“I just told them keep your heads up,” said G-P coach Josh Warner. “They battled, fought hard. In our two losses we’ve had the lead in the late innings. One thing we’re trying to teach these kids how to win.”
The Highlanders loaded the bases with two outs in the seventh but couldn’t get the big hit on a day they stranded 12 runners.
Ryan Garza went 3 for 4 with an RBI while Kyle Viers had two hits and Isaiah Morris drove in a run. Austin Sides went all seven innings, striking out 15 in the loss.
“The guys are starting to understand what we’re trying to teach them,” Warner said. “They're finding ways to get on. We’ve got to get a guy to come up clutch.”
West Greene 3, Gatlinburg-Pittman 2
MOSHEIM — The Highlanders led 2-1 entering the bottom of the seventh before the hosts scored a pair of unearned runs on a bases-loaded error.
G-P had just three hits on the day, including a Kelsey Henry RBI single and a triple from Kylie Loveday. Henry finished 2 for 3 and struck out seven in the circle.
Bearettes drop two
SEVIERVILLE — Sevier County fell 14-3 in five innings to Morristown West before dropping the nightcap 7-5.
Bearettes coach Ashley Miller said pitcher Brooke Whaley had multiple doubles while everybody in the lineup got at least a hit over the course of the doubleheader.
“My team is improving,” Miller said. “… We just have to keep working hard during practice so we can put it all together and get a district win.”
Seymour 8, Cherokee 0
ROGERSVILLE — Miranda Duncan struck out seven in the circle and drove in five runs at the plate to lead the Eagles to the win.
Duncan had three doubles to drive those five runs in while Lauren Irwin had a single, double and a triple on her way to scoring three times. Sam Baldwin had three singles, scored three times and drove in two.
Sevier County 10, Cherokee 2
ROGERSVILLE — Anthony Lemus exploded for four more goals to help the Smoky Bears run away with this one.
Donovan Hull added two while Kenny Fisher, Alex Martinez, Lenin Salinas and Huge Manjarrez all added goals in the victory.
The King’s Academy 3, Carter 0
SEYMOUR — The Lions got a pair of goals from Jason Maduafokwa and one from Nick Tilley to earn the win.
TKA coach Jeff Monckton said he thought his team dominated from start to finish and didn’t relax with the lead.
“Honestly, the difference for us today was we never stopped playing,” Monckton said. “The guys kept pushing, kept pushing and stayed organized the whole time. In the past we’d take our foot off the gas and let teams back in.”
Bum Jun Kim added an assist on Tilley’s goal.
Morristown East 3, Seymour 0
SEYMOUR — The short-handed Eagles couldn’t keep up with their guests.
“We have several guys out,” said Seymour coach Drew Payne. “This past weekend took a toll on us. … We worked hard and tried to stick with them. We just didn’t have a lot going for us.”
The Eagles are down 1-0 at halftime before East added two more in the second half. Seymour heads to Cherokee on Friday.