Pigeon Forge doesn't win district, but keeps playing
The Pigeon Forge baseball team didn’t repeat as district champs on Monday but at least the Tigers are still playing.
Koleman Roach drove in two runs in the fifth before scoring the tying run against Union County in a District 3-AA elimination game. That set up Scott Lafollette’s two-run single to center in the sixth that lifted Pigeon Forge to a 6-4 victory. The Tigers lost in walk-off fashion, 4-3, to Carter in the district championship round but both teams will advance to the Region 2-AA tournament next week.
A return trip to the region for last year’s state champions seemed like too tall a task early on Monday. Pigeon Forge had just suffered an 8-run defeat to Carter on Saturday and things looked equally ugly in the first four innings against the Patriots.
Union County plated three runs in the first inning — including one off an error — to take a 3-0 lead before the Tigers came to bat. Pigeon Forge got a run back in the second, but left two runners stranded. Chase Effler was left on for the second time in the third and Union County made the lead 4-1 in the fifth when Aaron Tipton scored on another error.
That’s when the Tigers came to life.
Josh Griffin and Lafollette both reached on free passes before Roach drove them in with a singe to left. Max McCoig promptly brought his teammate — and the tying run — home with a double.
Pigeon Forge kept the game tied when Jake Griffin turned a 4-3 double play the next inning and McCoig made a diving grab in right field.
That’s when Lafollette came through with the bases loaded to give the Tigers the lead and keep their season alive.
Pigeon Forge could’ve forced a final, deciding game for the district title with a win against Carter in the nightcap, but the Hornets scored three in the bottom of the seventh, including two on a single from Wesley Shults, to rally from 3-1 down to win the district. That negated a Roach two-run homer in the top of the sixth that and given the Tigers a 3-0 lead at the time.
Seymour 12, Sevier County 1
SEYMOUR — Sam Trentham allowed just two hits over five innings while Sam Baldwin drove in three to lead the Eagles to the win in the District 2-AAA tournament.
Kaitlin Atkins and Danielle Mull had two RBI each while Lauren Irwin scored three times for Seymour. Baldwin and Bailey Pierce each had triples while Trentham, Mull and Atkins doubled.
Jodi Watkins had a double and an RBI for Sevier County while Emily Lavoie had a hit and a run.
Fulton 4, G-P 2
PIGEON FORGE — Jerri Leffew was 1 for 3 with a double and a run scored for the Highlanders in this District 3-AA tournament loss.
Cassidy Richardson added two hits while Bethanie Trees was 1 for 3 with an RBI. Kylie Loveday had one hit and scored once. Kelsey Henry took the loss while pitching with a broken finger. She gave up just two earned runs and struck out five in 4 1/3 innings. Emily Hudson didn’t give up a run in relief.
Sevier County 3, Seymour 0
SEVIERVILLE — The Smoky Bears got an early goal from Anthony Lemus and two second-half tallies from Alex Martinez to advance to the District 2-AAA semifinals on Wednesday.
Sevier County peppered the Eagle defense with 17 shots but Seymour still had its chances early in the second half, including a pair of Kameron Grunenwald breakaways that went off the bar, over it or wide.
“What Seymour does is a great job of possessing, moving the ball around,” said Bears coach Bryan Atchley. “They’re so tremendous at that. That puts a lot of pressure on your defense. I knew if they stayed within one goal, they could be able to hang around and then get that one breakaway. Then, you’re 1-1. That second goal was real big for us.”
Sevier County must now travel to Morristown West on Wednesday with a region berth on the line. The Trojans beat the Bears 4-1 last week after Sevier County scored the game’s first goal.