Seymour cranks up the offense in win over Sevier County
A day after Seymour got a perfect game from pitcher Miranda Duncan, the Eagles showed they can be just as flawless at the plate.
Seymour scored 12 runs in the first two innings to blow away Sevier County, 18-0, on Tuesday in a game shortened to four innings by the run rule. Lauren Irwin led off each of those innings with extra bases on her way to scoring three times. Eight starters scored a run in the first two frames.
“I teach them to be aggressive,” said Eagles coach Jess Sterling. “We always want to be the aggressor on offense and defense. We’ve been working real hard on, if that first pitch is there, let’s go with it. Let’s not let the pitcher get in a groove.”
There was little threat of that on Tuesday. The Bearettes had to send Amber Wallin to the circle after front-line starter Brooke Whaley suffered a hair-line fracture on her glove hand. Sevier County coach Ashley Miller said Whaley could pitch again as soon as Thursday but won’t be able to swing a bat for a while.
“We only have, that know how to pitch, Brooke and Amber,” Miller said. “That affects us tremendously because you can’t play the amount of games that we’re going to play in a week with one pitcher.”
Pigeon Forge 17, Gatlinburg-Pittman 0 (5)
GATLINBURG — The Tigers blasted off with back-to-back five-run innings to blow this game open.
Max McCoig homered while Koleman Roach, Thomas Simms and Scott LaFollette doubled in the win. Simms also had a triple. McCoig was 3 for 3 with three runs and two RBI while Chase Effler had two runs, hits and RBI. Bryson Sullivan and Seth LaFollette drove in two runs each.
It was 7-0 in the fourth when the Tigers scored 10 runs over the next two innings to shorten the game to five frames. The Highlander offense was led by a double from Kyle Viers.
Sevier County 11, Jefferson County 4
DANDRIDGE — The Smoky Bears scored 11 runs in the fourth and fifth innings to roll to the win.
Dalton Ford had two doubles, three RBI and a run while Devante Matthews drove in two runs, scored twice and stole two bases. Nick Osborne doubled twice, drove in a run and scored. Austin Conner had a double and two singles.
Zach Linginfelter was sold on the mound, earning the win while giving up just one earned run off three hits and striking out six.
Sevier County 4, Pigeon Forge 1
PIGEON FORGE — Bryan Atchley picked up his 100th win as coach of the Smoky Bears thanks to another second-half explosion.
Anthony Lemus scored the go-ahead goal after halftime before Chance Arnold and Paul Butuza added insurance markers. Butuza also scored the game’s first goal while Donovan Hull had an assist.
“We just weren’t finishing (in the first half),” Atchley said. “The second half we’ve come out last two games and put in eight goals and are finishing big time.”
The win was a nice milestone for Atchley, who only found out he was close to the mark late last year.
“I thought that’s kind of unbelievable,” Atchley said. “To me it’s a number. It’s definitely a honor. There’s always those milestone wins you have. I remember the first one to be quite honest. I think it’s a longevity thing.”