Tigers shut out Highlanders for rivalry win

Buchanan Ks 12 in five innings
Mar. 29, 2013 @ 08:57 AM

The Pigeon Forge Tigers hardball squad remained perfect on the season, but it took a lot of mistakes to make it to 12-0 on the year.

Visiting district rival Gatlinburg-Pittman Highlanders (4-3) booted enough balls to allow seven unearned runs in an 8-0 Tigers win on Thursday night.
PF starting pitcher Colt Buchanan also had a good night’s work with five innings, allowing no runs on three hits with 12 strike outs.
"He threw the ball well," said PF head coach Mike Guinn. "He was solid. He was a pitcher. He kept the ball down, and he kept it in good spots."
Pigeon Forge’s Caleb Miller pitched nice in relief, completing the shutout win with no hits, four Ks and a walk in two frames of relief.
"We caught a few breaks, and that’s how we were able to break it open a little bit," Guinn said. "I thought (G-P pitcher) Corbin Lamb did a great job. He was tough, and he stayed in the zone all night. He was good with both his pitches, the fastball and curveball, and he was really tough to hit.
"I thought we were fortunate to get what we got, to be honest."
Lamb pitched a complete six innings, allowing just one earned run on nine hits with 10 Ks. His only walk came on an intentional pass.
"Corbin pitched well enough to deserve a better decision than what he got out there," said G-P coach Henry LaFollette. "We’re just not playing defense behind him right now."
But LaFollette said the Tigers are 12-0 for a reason.
"Pigeon Forge is an exception team," continued LaFollette. "They hit the ball when they need to hit the ball, and they pick up the runs when they need to pick them up.
"They are well coached."
Three Pigeon Forge seniors picked up seven of the nine Tiger hits on the night.
Wil Crowe went 3-for-4 with two doubles, two runs and two RBIs. Ben Breazeale went 2-for-3 with two runs and two RBIs. And starting pitcher Colt Buchanan helped his own cause with a 2-for-3 night with an RBI.
"They’re all seniors, and they did what they were supposed to do," said Guinn.
And Lamb wasn’t the only pitcher with a strong performance.Other contributers for Pigeon Forge included Drake Byrd, who went 1-for-4 with three runs, Josh Griffin with a 1-for-1 night and Jake Griffin with two SAC bunts.
G-P’s Travis Miller went 2-for-3 at the plate, and Ryan Garza was 1-for-3.