Seymour softball sweeps South-Doyle behind Duncan, Irwin
Seymour’s softball team needed five runs to beat rival South-Doyle earlier this week.
Eagles coach Jess Sterling figured her team needed at least a fourth run in the seventh inning on Thursday. Lauren Irwin provided that with one swing of the bat. The Tennessee signee’s solo shot gave the Eagles a three-run lead that pitcher Miranda Duncan made stand up in a 4-1 victory on the road.
“South-Doyle had been pushing us all night,” Irwin said. “The more runs we could get the better. You never know with a team like this.”
The homer was Irwin’s third hit and second run of the game. Sam Baldwin had two hits and an RBI in the second spot while Reid Ballard and Bailey Pierce drove in the other two runs. Taylor Erjavec had a double.
Duncan was strong in the circle, striking out five while allowing six hits and an earned run in the fourth. She pitched around base runners in four different innings but allowed just one hit after the South-Doyle tied the game in the fourth.
Seymour took the lead in the fifth when Erjavec led off with a double. After the bases were loaded via an error and a single from Irwin, Erjavec came home when Baldwin reached on another error. Ballard then drove Danielle Mull in on a fielder’s choice.
“That was very important,” Sterling said. “If it was 1-1 and let them keep thinking, ‘We’re in this, we’re in this,’ I think we took a little bit out of their sails when we scored the next inning.
Union County 2, Pigeon Forge 1
MAYNARDVILLE — The Patriots scored a run in the bottom of the seventh to walk off with the win.
The Tigers lost despite out-hitting Union County 11-6. Jessie Sharp had five strikeouts in the circle while Carson Montgomery had three hits for Pigeon Forge. Bryce Lonas drove in the tying run in the sixth inning before Union County won the game an inning later.
Sevier County 2, Jefferson County 1
SEVIERVILLE — A tough, tournament-type win has Smoky Bears coach Bryan Atchley thinking his team could be prepping for a deep postseason run.
“We’ve been pretty consistent,” Atchley said. “We’ve got to be able to play mentally tough because you’re going to have games like this once you get to the semifinals and finals. We’ve got to be mentally prepared for a battle every single night. That’s what it took tonight.”
Anthony Lemus found Alex Martinez twice for both of the Bears’ goals. Typically Sevier County’s biggest threat, Lemus has begun to share the ball and that’s paying big offensive dividends.
“He still got free a lot,” Atchley said. “We’ve got guys that can step up, fill that role and Anthony now is feeding those guys. He’s feeding off that right now.”
Seymour 4, South-Doyle 1
KNOXVILLE — Kameron Grunenwald had two goals before Davis Blake and Jake McBrayer added late insurance tallies for the Eagles.
Seymour trailed 1-0 before getting a Grunenwald goal late in the first half off a corner. Coach Drew Payne said that equalizer was huge and the Eagles played a little better to hold off the Cherokees’ rally down the stretch.
“We’ve started to play a little better soccer and we were creative,” Payne said. “The second two goals came off of some build-up play and the flow of play type thing. it wasn’t only the goals that we scored but the way that we scored them.
“It was another scrappy game. Our hard work and sticking together and staying positive is what got us through it.”
Gatlinburg-Pittman 8, Bluefield (WV) 3
GATLINBURG — The Highlanders picked up the home victory on Thursday night. Austin Sides was the winning pitcher.