Roundup: Pigeon Forge rallies from five-run deficit to beat Tennessee High
A five-run deficit in the first inning would spell doom for most teams.
But Pigeon Forge proved on Tuesday it will be a tough out. The Tigers rallied from a big hole in the first to knock off Tennessee High, 12-5, in the home opener at Jack Parton Field.
“It’s just effort, great effort,” said Pigeon Forge coach Mike Guinn. “Every kid we get’s not going to have the greatest talent but if they take the talent they have and do their best with it, I think we’ll do well.”
The Tigers needed some extra effort — and a little grit — after the Vikings pulled ahead 5-0 in the first, chasing starter Max McCoig after just 1/3 of an inning. Pigeon Forge got it all back in the bottom of the first, with the major damage coming on a two-run double from Scott LaFollette.
Jake Griffin came home with the winning run on a Thomas Simms double in the second. Any hope of a Tennessee comeback was then swatted away by the bat of Koleman Roach in the third. The senior blasted a two-run homer to make it 10-5.
Josh Griffin got the win in relief of McCoig, going 5 2/3 innings and allowing four hits, no runs and striking out four.
“I struggled a little bit in the first inning,” McCoig said. “But I wasn’t going to let myself get down because I would’ve brought the team down with me. … I never thought we had lost this game.”
Sevier County 8, South-Doyle 0
KNOXVILLE — This game was scoreless through seven and the Smoky Bears had stranded six runners over that stretch, including squandering a bases-loaded chance in the third.
That all changed in the first extra inning when freshman Charlie Brown laid down a perfect bunt to load the bases. Austin Conner came up next and drove in the inning run, which opened the floodgates. Jacob Whaley would later add a two-run single.
“It just opened,” said Sevier County coach Casey Taylor. “It was just contagious.”
When the damage was finally done, the Bears had eight runs on the board. Zach Linginfelter finished the job in the home half of the eighth, completing a three-hitter in which he struck out seven and walked four.
“He was lights out,” Taylor said. “Really big outing for him. He’s a guy we needed to step up.”
Gatlinburg-Pittman 8, Sullivan North 6
KINGSPORT — Isaiah Morris had a two-out, two-run double in the top of the seven to break a 6-6 tie and power the Highlanders to the win.
It was Morris’ only hit of the game. G-P jumped out 3-0 before the hosts tied it. The Highlanders fell behind 6-5 before tying it in the sixth and winning it an inning later.
“I was very pleased to see them bounce back,” said G-P coach Josh Warner. “Gutty effort. We still made a lot of mistakes but it feels good to win.”
Daniel Watson and Matthew Sides each had a hit and drove in arun. Kevin Profetta earned the win, going three innings and allowing just one hit while striking out four..
Jeff County 2, Seymour 1
SEYMOUR — The Eagles fell a night after routing the Patriots by 20.
Jefferson County got two runs in the first and Ryan Buchanan made it stand up by striking out three and allowing just four hits. Gunner Gibson had two of those hits, including a double in the seventh that led to Seymour’s only run.
After Gibson scored, the Eagles had two on with nobody out but a double play squashed the rally.
Gibson struck out nine on the mound, throwing all seven innings and allowing four hits.
G-P sweeps Austin-East
KNOXVILLE — The Highlanders moved to 3-0 with 20-0 and 15-0 road victories.
Jerri Leffew finished 5 of 6 on the today with two doubles and two triples while Kylie Loveday was 4 of 7 with six runs scored.
Bearden 2, TKA 1
KNOXVILLE — Bearden scored twice in the seventh to win this one.
The Lions took the early lead when Haven Taylor drove in Taylor Weekly on an infield single. Taylor also had a strong day in the circle, allowing three hits and two walks while striking out 12 over seven innings.
Sevier County 6, Powell 2
SEVIERVILLE — The Smoky Bears blew open a tie game with five second-half goals to win the season opener.
Anthony Lemus scored four times while Paul Butuza and Chance Arnold had a goal each.
Sevier County opens up the Rocky Top Cup against Gibbs on Thursday in Gatlinburg.
Pigeon Forge 1, Cocke County 0
NEWPORT — Melvin Romero’s second-half goal was all the Tigers needed to pull off the victory.
It wasn’t Pigeon Forge’s only shot at goal, though. Coach Bill Moseley said his team had three breakaways but couldn’t convert, including one ball that went off a post.
“We just couldn’t finish,” Moseley said. “Really good attack. Defense was pretty steady. We limited them to two shots.”
Science Hill 7, Seymour 0
JOHNSON CITY — Seymour drew a tough assignment in the opener against the Hilltoppers.
Eagles coach Drew Payne said his team was simply outmatched.
“It’s not one of those tactical things where somebody had a better game plan,” Payne said. “They’re a soccer powerhouse. … This is probably the toughest game on our regular season schedule.”
Seymour will go for its first win of the season on Thursday at Gatlinburg-Pittman in the Rocky Top Cup.
TKA 4, Maryville Christian 3
SEYMOUR — Nick Tilley had a hat trick while Jason Maduafokwa added the first goal of the game to lead the Lions.
Maduafokwa added two assists.
Seymour sweeps Cocke County
NEWPORT — The Eagles picked up a 6-3 girls victory and swept all nine matches on the boys side.
Rylie McClurg, Carah McClurg and Megan Bernin had two wins each for the Seymour girls. The Seymour boys only lost one game all night. Jonathan Fintak, Grant Wallen, Dylan Cox, Nick Fintak, Aaron Jennings and Matt Hurton all won two matches.