Pigeon Forge edges Sevier County, 4-3
The Pigeon Forge Tigers traveled to county rival Sevier County and took a narrow 4-3 win over the Bears on Friday night at Cliff Davis Field.
After playing catch-up all night, the Tigers (13-4) finally got their first lead of the game in the top of the seventh.
Pigeon Forge catcher Jake Griffin got things started with an infield base hit, right fielder Max McCoig followed with a walk, and aSevier County passed ball moved both runners into scoring position.
Third baseman Scott Lafollette then reached on a Sevier County fielding error as Griffin crossed home on the play for the one-run Tigers lead that eventually became the final score. It’s all the visitors would need as the Bears’ 7-8-9 hitters went down 1-2-3 in the bottom of the seventh.
Sevier County (12-6) drew first blood in the bottom of the first.
After second baseman Charlie Brown got things started with a lead-off double to left field, center fielder Dalton Ford immediately plated the run with a nice sacrifice bunt for a 1-0 Sevier County lead at the end of one.
Brown got a great jump on the play and had rounded third base headed for home by the time Pigeon Forge pitcher Koleman Roach fielded the bunt. Roach threw to first and Brown scored easily on the play.
The Tigers answered with a tying run in the top of the second.
Pigeon Forge second baseman Seth Lafollette started a two-out rally with a single to center, shortstop Bryson Sullivan followed with a single to right, and center fielder Josh Griffin tagged an RBI base knock to center that plated Lafollette and knotted the contest at 1-1.
The Bears regained the lead with two unearned runs in the bottom of the third for a 3-1 edge heading into the fourth.
SCHS catcher Dallas Gossett got things started with a perfect lead-off bunt down the third base line for a base hit, and he moved to third on sacrifices by both left fielder Jacob Whaley and Brown.
Gossett then scored when Ford reached second on a Pigeon Forge throwing error to make it 2-1 SCHS. Ford then scored when right fielder Jake Hall reached on a Tigers’ fielding error to make it 3-1 Bears.
But the Tigers again rallied to tie the affair in the top of the fifth.
Walks by McCoig and Scott Lafollette, along with a Sevier County passed ball, put both runners in scoring position with two outs.
Pigeon Forge left fielder Chase Effler then came up huge with two-run double to center to tie it again at 3-3 heading into the bottom of the fifth.
Roach had some solid numbers in the win, allowing just three hits with 10 Ks and a walk in a complete seven innings of work.
Sevier County pitcher Kody Paul also went the distance, allowing six hits and six walks with seven strikeouts in the loss.