Pigeon Forge edges Carter in eighth, 2-1

Apr. 18, 2014 @ 08:25 PM

Koleman Roach’s lead-off homer in the top of the eighth lifted Pigeon Forge to a 2-1 victory over district rival Carter on Friday.

The victory wrapped up a perfect 10-0 District 3-AA slate for the defending state champions, assuring the Tigers of home field in the tournament.

"It's big for us," said Pigeon Forge coach Mike Guinn. "We like to be at home, we like our field. Even last year, we took a loss in district. It means a lot as far as momentum and confidence."

A lot of that momentum has come from Roach lately. His only hit of the game was the one that mattered and helped him take the victory on the mound. Roach struck out nine while allowing just three hits and one run. Thomas Simms had a hit and an RBI while Bryson Sullivan doubled.

Pigeon Forge tied the game in the sixth when Chase Effler came home on a single by Simms. The Hornets had two hitters reach in the seventh but couldn’t bring home the winning run. Roach promptly struck out the side in the eighth for the victory.

Roach had a homer on Thursday as well in an 11-1 win over Chuckey-Doak. Max McCoig had two hits in that game while Josh Griffin and Turner Whaley combined for the victory.