Spring sports round-up: G-P baseball wins 3
Highlanders open action with 3 wins
The Gatlinburg-Pittman Highlanders baseball team is off to a perfect start to the 2013 season, thanks to three-straight wins Thursday and Friday.
The G-P squad run-ruled Cosby on Thursday, 10-0, as mound ace Corbin Lamb through five innings of two-hit ball. Lamb fanned nine Eagles in the process, and walked only one. He also had a big game at the plate, going 2-for-3 with a double, triple and three RBIs. Teammate Kyle Viers was 2-for-3 with a pair of RBIs in the victory.
On Friday, the Highlanders doubled up The King’s Academy 10-1 and 13-3. Travis Miller (4 IP, 11Ks, 1 ER, 2 hits) and Isaiah Morris (3 IP, 7 Ks, 3 hits) earned the victories on the mound, while Viers (3-3, 2B, 3B, 3 RBIs) and Lamb (3-3, 2B, 2 RBIs) provided the offensive firepower.
“I’m just really surprised and excited at how well we have played early,” G-P coach Henry LaFollette said.
“We didn’t get too much time on the field in the preseason.”
With games against Gibbs and Chilhowee (N.C.) coming up this week, the coach said his team has a big challenge ahead.
“The next week will be really important for our development,” LaFollette said.
Lady Eagles collect solid win vs. Union
The Seymour Lady Eagles (2-0) eked out a clutch 1-0 win over a quality Union team Friday night at T.J. Carter Field.
Senior pitcher Carly Lewis went all seven innings, giving up just four hits, while striking out 13 Lady Patriots.
In the meantime, she and her Lady Eagles teammates had their own struggles at the plate.
It wasn’t until the bottom of the seventh inning, when Kaitlin Atkins delivered a walk-off RBI single that drove in teammate Heather Foreman, that the Blue and Gold could break the scoreless tie on the scoreboard.
TKA loses season opener to Cosby
The King’s Academy Lions soccer team (0-1) lost their season opener on the road at Cosby Thursday night by a 3-2 score.
“We outshot them 23-14, but they just put more shots on target,” TKA coach Paul Mobley said.
“Twelve of their 14 were on target, and we didn’t have nearly as many.” TKA’s Jason Maduafokwa scored an unassited goal in the first half, and the teams were knotted 1-1 at intermission.
Isaiah Gilmore scored the Lions only goal of the second half on an assist by Cody Hobbs.
TKA goal keeper Adam Deatherage recorded 12 saves in the loss.
Pigeon Forge, G-P net big soccer wins
The Pigeon Forge Tigers and Gatlinburg-Pittman Highlander both earned big district wins Thursday night.
The Tigers (2-0) beat Union County 4-2, while G-P (2-0) toppled Grace Christian 3-2.
Bryan Velequez led the Tigers with two goals in the Tigers victory, while Rodis Melendez, Luis Sauceda and Noah Reid led the way for the Highlanders.
“We’ve gotten out to a good start,” Pigeon Forge coach Billy Moseley said. “And we’ve got a huge game coming up Tuesday.”
That game will be a home match with Berean Christian, the team that knocked the Tigers out of last year’s district tournament in the semifinals.