Sevier County's Will Jones holds on to win district title
Sevier County’s Will Jones held on in the third set against Morristown West’s Parker Ashford to win his second straight District 2-AAA singles title on Tuesday, 6-1, 4-6, 6-4.
“I’m a senior, so it’s my last time trying to win it,” Jones said. “It’s very relieving that I was able to win it my last year.”
Jones led 5-2 in the deciding set before Ashford won the next two games, including a break to move to 5-4. Jones broke his opponent to clinch the title and continue his unbeaten mark this year. He’s only lost one high school singles match in the last two years and will return to the region tournament next week.
“I saw (the ball) go by him and he fell to the ground,” Jones said of the final point. “I was just so relieved to finally get it over with.”
Eagles add to medal haul
SEVIERVILLE — Grant Wallen and Jonathan Fintak added to their championship 2014 season, taking the district doubles title with a 6-2, 7-6 (1) victory over South-Doyle’s Matt Art and Tucker Lewis.
The duo already helped the Eagles win the district team title and are now into the region individual tournament for the second straight season.
“They’re pretty amazing,” said Seymour coach Brandi Stallings. “They got to the first round of the region last year. ... When they finished that, they made a goal for themselves to get to this point. I’m glad to see them achieve their goal.”
Pigeon Forge boys 5, Meigs County 4
The Tigers earned their fourth district title in a row with a fourth straight unbeaten season.
It was the bottom of the lineup that carried Pigeon Fore in the deciding match with the Tigers sweeping the bottom four singles matches and second doubles. Daniel Delozier (third singles), Ethan Williams (fourth), Cale Bramer (fifth) and Vince Brackins (sixth) won singles matches while Delozier and Williams won in doubles.
Sevier County 16, Morristown East 3
SEVIERVILLE — The Smoky Bears exploded for 10 in the fourth to blow the game open.
Charlie Brown finished with two doubles, two RBI and a run while Nick Osborne and a double, four RBI and a run. Kody Paul drove in three.
“Our offense played great,” said Sevier County coach Casey Taylor. “We were able to put a lot of pressure on them.”
The Bears play Morristown West for the District 2-AAA title today at 6 p.m.
Morristown East 9, Seymour 5
SEVIERVILLE — The Eagles had six straight hits to take a 5-1 lead in the first but that was the bulk of the offensive for coach Scott Norman’s club in this season-ending loss.
“Bats went flat,” Norman said. “We kind of ran out of pitching. We’ve been shorthanded this year. The guys threw as well as they could. We just didn’t have the arms to consistently put wins together.”
Seymour’s second straight loss in the District 2-AAA tournament was indicative of an up-and-down season. Norman said he felt his team was hitting its stride in a win over Cherokee last Friday before one bad inning doomed the Eagles against Sevier County on Saturday.
Seymour got a big lead on Monday and just couldn’t hold it.
“(Pitching) is just what dominates the game,” Norman said. “Most of the time, teams hit the ball pretty well. They catch the ball pretty well. The team that has the better pitcher in general wins the game. That’s what you’ve got to have.”
The Eagles did have a strong year at the plate with four guys — Larry Kennedy, Gunner Gibson, Cade Snapp and Kevin Escalona — hitting over .400.
Seymour 9, Jeff County 4
SEYMOUR — The Eagles took a 2-0 lead in the second and just kept adding to it in this one.
Miranda Duncan pitched well to get the win while Reid Ballard had a two-run homer for the victors. Seymour resumes play today at 7:30 p.m. against an opponent to be determined.
Morristown West 10, Sevier County 4
SEYMOUR — Shelby Duke led the Bearettes in this season-ending loss, going 2 for 3 with a double and three RBI.
Laura Ratledge, Emily Lavoie and Amber Wallin each had a single.
Rockwood 2, Gatlinburg-Pittman 1
GATLINBURG — The Highlanders lost this District 3-A/AA semifinal on a penalty kick in double overtime despite outshooting their opponents 15-1.
Rockwood got both goals on set pieces, tying the game with 12 minutes to go on a corner kick. G-P coach Zach Schrandt said his team, which saw its season end, couldn’t finish breakaways.
“We just missed a lot of wide-open shots,” Schrandt said. “We had several opportunities. It just wasn’t our night shooting.”
Luke Stone had the Highlanders’ lone goal in the first half. Schrandt said he was still excited about the turnaround G-P has made, finishing the year 12-5-1.
“I can’t be prouder of how far we’ve come as a program,” he said. “Hopefully we can sustain it going forward.”
Fulton 2, Pigeon Forge 1
PIGEON FORGE — The Tigers saw their season end in this loss.
Pigeon Forge equalized in the first half on a Mateo Santizo goal but couldn’t get a second despite a half-hour of sustained possession to close the game.
“We just couldn’t finish,” said Tigers coach Bill Moseley. “We had it for the last 30 minutes in their 18 and could not finish.
“We played good. They got two goals in and we weren’t able to finish at the end."