Pigeon Forge takes advantage of Gatlinburg-Pittman errors
It wasn’t Pigeon Forge’s best effort of the season, but the opportunistic Tigers picked up a 5-0 win over Gatlinburg-Pittman on Monday.
Jake Griffin drove in his brother Josh twice while Scott LaFollette added two runs to lead Pigeon Forge. Despite the victory, Tigers coach Mike Guinn said his team needs to play better.
“We’re facing some teams that are really hungry and coming out and playing well,” Guinn said. “We’ve got to come out and answer the bell. I’m not sure we’re doing that.”
Pigeon Forge nearly fell behind in the second inning but Kyle Viers was thrown out at home to end the frame. LaFollette scored the game’s first run on an error in the bottom half of the inning and the Tigers would add a run in each of the next three innings.
The Highlanders nearly limited the damage to 3-0 entering the sixth but an error kept Josh Griffin safe at third and both he and his brother would later score.
“Defensively, we’re putting the kids in a position to make the plays and you’ve just got to make them,” said G-P coach Josh Warner. “You can’t drop three balls against a great team like Pigeon Forge and expect to win. We just didn’t capitalize on our chances defensively and because of that they ended up scoring four runs.”
Thomas Simms pitched the final four innings of the game for the win. He didn't allow a hit while striking out five.
Seymour 8, Morristown East 0
MORRISTOWN — Miranda Duncan threw a perfect game to lead the Eagles to the win.
Duncan had allowed just three hits in her previous two games and finally got the zero on the board on Monday. Late in the game, Eagles coach Jess Sterling had to check with her scorekeeping dad, John, to see if Duncan was indeed working a perfect game.
“I thought she walked someone, so I looked at dad and asked ‘Is this perfect or a no?’” Sterling said. “He wouldn’t tell me so I knew right then it was a perfect game.”
Sterling said Duncan did a good job mixing her speeds and keeping the Hurricanes off balance. Lauren Irwin and Emily Palmer each had homers in the victory.
“We strung some base hits together,” Sterling said. “It’s all about getting bat happy. Then, good things happen for us.”
Depth in the circle has also been key. Duncan rotates with Sam Trentham, who didn’t allow a hit in a five-inning win over McEwen over the weekend. Having a second pitcher to keep Duncan fresh — and provide a different style — is big Sterling said.
“Any night, whichever one throws, you’e got a really good shot at winning,” Sterling said. “I think the confidence behind both of them is every high right now.”
Gatlinburg-Pittman 10, Washburn 0
GATLINBURG — It was a big offensive day for the Highlanders.
Kylie Loveday was 3 for 3 with four runs while Kelsey Henry had three hits and an RBI. Emily Hudson had a pair of hits and three RBI while pitching three innings of no-hit ball. Henry allowed one hit and walked one during three innings in the circle.
Tigers sweep Sevier County
PIGEON FORGE — The Pigeon Forge boys rolled 8-1 over the Smoky Bears while the girls had a little more trouble in securing a 5-4 victory.
Will Jones was the only Sevier County boys victor at first singles. Chad Gibson, Daniel Delozier, Ethan Williams, Cale Bramer and Vince Brackins all picked up dual victories for the Tigers.
Pigeon Forge’s girls won four of six singles matches before securing the win at third doubles. Natalie Holbert and Stephanie Halliday secured the doubles point while Holbert, Dhara Patel, Rosa Amaya and Alison Bean had singles victories. Kelly Moore and Katlyn Davis had two wins each for the Bearettes.