Pigeon Forge stays unbeaten with sweep of Union County

Mar. 22, 2013 @ 10:42 AM

The Pigeon Forge continued their unbeaten beginning to the 2013 season Tuesday night with a doubleheader sweep of District 3-AA foe Union County.

The Tigers (8-0 overall, 4-0 in district action) won the first matchup of the two-game set 8-0 behind a strong pitching performance by senior Caleb Miller (2-0).

Miller pitched a complete game shutout in the contest, and grabbed warranted compliments from PFHS head coach Mike Guinn.

“He’s fanned 15 hitters in two games,” Gunn said. “He’s pitching really well.”

With Miller’s effort on the mound, the Tigers didn’t need too much offense in the game.

Guinn said a team effort at the dish, combined with the first home run of the season for senior Wake Forest signee Ben Breazeale, accounted for the team’s eight runs.

The second game, played with the sun set and temperature dropping, was a little closer but still found the Tigers earning a comfortable 10-3 victory.

Josh Griffin (four innings) and Max McCoig (three innings) pitched in the contest for Tigers, and McCoig and Jake Griffin hit the ball well in the contest, according to Guinn.

Despite the 8-0 start, Guinn said his team could, and should, be playing better.

“We’re not hitting on all cylinders,” he said. “It’s early, and with the weather it’s been hard to get into a rhythm. So we’ve got a long way to go and a lot to do.

“But as far as competing, we’re doing well,” he said. “We’ve got to continue to improve in every area.

“I feel like (our early success) is just a joint team effort. Everybody’s doing a little bit, but everybody can do a whole lot more.”

The Tigers take a break from district play this weekend with the Smoky Mountain Invitational, where the competition level will rise with games against Karns, John Battle (Va.) and Greeneville.

“I think we’re going to get all we want,” Guinn said.

“John Battle’s got a veteran team, and Karns beat Oak Ridge with their Division-I pitcher on the mound, and Greeneville’s got one of the better AA teams in East Tennessee.

“The next few games should be interesting.”