SEVIERVILLE — The Pigeon Forge Tigers routed Sullivan South in a 15-3 run-rule win on Friday afternoon at Sevier County High School, scoring 13 of their runs in just two innings.
The Tigers struggled with some mistakes on fly balls in the first inning which allowed a run to score, but other than a base running mistake later in the game, the Tigers dominated.
“We should make plays,” Pigeon Forge head coach Mike Guinn said. “We have to pick our spots better in the outfield and make plays. We have to understand the weather conditions and play within ourselves.”
Much to Guinn’s pleasure, the Tigers responded as Logan Johnson scored on an inside the park home run on a bad throw that also scored Dylan Loy, making the score 2-1 in the bottom of the first frame.
Carson Catlett drove in three runs with a RBI double, and then Caleb Hughes plated a run with a double to make the score 6-1.
The Rebels plated single runs in both the second and third innings, but Pigeon Forge scored in all four of their trips to the plate including a seven spot in the bottom of the fourth.
Riley Franklin blasted a solo home run in the bottom of the second, before Hughes, Loy and Johnson started the big bottom of the fourth inning with RBIs.
Tyson McFall went the first three innings on the mound striking out four, while Justin McClellan relieved him finishing with two strikeouts.
Overall, Guinn was happy with the way that the Tigers swung the bat as the team finished with 14 hits, and he thought they responded well to the few mistakes that they made.
The goal was to keep the pressure on Sullivan South, he said, and that is just what they did ending the game in four and a half innings.