Smoky Bears bounce back for 8-2 victory over Hardin Valley
Sevier County baseball coach Casey Taylor said his team could be seeing its season getting away after back-to-back losses to Dobyns-Bennett and Pigeon Forge this week.
The Smoky Bears didn’t let that happen in a 8-2 win over Hardin Valley on Saturday.
“We showed a lot of energy,” Taylor said. “Hardin Valley was emotional and we matched their level. We just played baseball. We were just trying to beat the game. We’ve been beating ourselves.”
Logan Brett got his first start of the year, allowing two runs and two hits with a strikeout. Jake Hall closed the game with a hitless final two innings.
Jacob Whaley scored run, drove in two and had a double to lead the offense. Charlie Brown, Dalton Ford, Nick Osborne also drove in runs.
“It was a really good performance against a really good team in a key part of our season,” Taylor said. “This thing could be going backwards real quick. It was a good bounce back going into Morristown West.”
Highlanders win fourth straight
Gatlinburg-Pittman’s offense is finally turning hits into runs.
The Highlanders wrapped up their fourth straight win Saturday, beating Chilhowie (Va.) 15-7. The win followed a sweep of Claiborne on Friday when G-P outscored their guests 24-2 over two games.
“I feel like it’s huge for us,” said Highlanders coach Josh Warner. “They’re excited. Everyone loves to win. We’re going to try to keep this thing rolling.”
Kevin Profetta was 4 for 4 with three RBI Saturday while Matthew Sides had three hits and three RBI. Austin Sides had two hits while Austin Acor was 3 for 4.
“Everything just sort of came together,” Warner said. “Our approaches were really good. We ran the bases really well. We were able to get our sac bunts when we needed to and we came up with a lot of key hits.”
Austin Sides gave up six runs off 12 hits while striking out five for the win. Kevin Profetta struck out two in an inning of work.
Seymour plays three
The Eagles had a six-run lead over Dobyns-Bennett Thursday before losing 11-9.
Then it got weird.
Seymour only got four innings in on Friday at The Daily Times Invitational due to a tournament time limit. The game ended with Hopkinsville (Ky.) up 10-8. The same time limit led to a 5-5 tie with David Crockett on Saturday.
Wyatt Witchey, a recent call-up from junior varsity, went 2 for 3 in both games. Devin Davenport had a three-run homer against Hopkinsville.
In the D-B game on Thursday, Cade Snapp hit a three-run homer. Kendall Catlett started the game, at one point retiring nine in a row to help the Eagles build an 8-2 lead they couldn’t hold.
Sweep for Bearettes
KNOXVILLE — Sevier County won a pair of five-inning games on Saturday, 8-7 and 4-3 over West.
Amber Wallin got both wins, striking out six on the day. Jodie Watkins had a bases-clearing triple in the first game before later scoring. Destiny Sutton, Laura Ratledge, Emily Lavoie, Brittany Goodman and Jana Watkins also scored. Brittany Cooter had her first hit of the year.
Sevier County won the second game in the fifth when Laura Ratledge came home on a throwing error after stealing second. Jodie Watkins had a double while Maiya Hilsinger had an RBI single. Jana Watkins also had an RBI.
GATLINBURG — The Highlanders beat Pikeville (Ky.), 6-5 on Friday before falling to Chilhowie (Va.) 8-5 on Saturday.
Kelsey Henry won the Friday game, scattering five hits and allowing two earned. An RBI triple from Cassidy Richardson tied the game before she scored on a wild pitch to win it. Kylie Loveday was 3 for 3 and scored twice while Lauren King had two hits.
Emily Hudson pitched six innings in the loss to Chilhowie, scattering three hits and giving up one earned run. Loveday and Jerri Leffew had two hits each.
Sevier County 7, William Blount 0
SEVIERVILLE — The Smoky Bears clinched the Sevier County Invitational title led by three goals from Anthony Lemus.
Alex Martinez, Kenny Fisher, Paul Butuza and Marlon Henriquez also picked up goals.
“(Winning the tournament’s) nice,” said Bears coach Bryan Atchley.
“I think, more than anything, it’s the way we’re playing right now. Anythony’s scoring but we’ve got other guys stepping up.
We’ve given up three goals the last five games. If you can do that, with the way we’re able to score, we’re going to be pretty successful.”
Pigeon Forge 3,
Dixie (S.C.) 1
SEVIERVILLE — The Tigers finished the Sevier County Invitational with a win, a loss and a draw.
Carlos Zelaya scored twice while Melvin Gaitaho added the third goal in a game Pigeon Forge led from start to finish. The Tigers had 28 shots on goal.
SEVIERVILLE — The Highlanders got their second win at the Sevier County Invitational.
Noah Reid had the lone goal off a cross from Luke Stone.
“It was a good win,” said Highlanders assistant coach Van Harper. “I feel like today we actually put all the pieces together and played a full game and played like we’re capable of.”
Eagles show improvement
SEVIERVILLE — Seymour finished its stay at the Sevier County Invitational by tying Heritage, 0-0.
But Eagles coach Drew Payne said his team possessed the ball much better than in a tie with Pigeon Forge earlier in the tournament.
“We’re still trying to find ourselves but we played a little better than we have,” Payne said.
“Maybe a little surge here in the middle of the season hopefully. ... We’re starting to get our possession game going a little better.”
The draw followed an 8-2 rout of William Blount on Friday night. Kameron Grunenwald had five goals in that win while Jake McBrayer added two and Cameron Sullivan had one.