East snaps losing streak; Trojans lose on the road
Morristown East’s Braden Jones waits on a pitch. The Hurricanes snapped a five-game skid on Thursday against Karns.
SEYMOUR – Since winning the Citizen Tribune Lakeway Hardball Classic by claiming four wins in three days two weeks ago, the Morristown East baseball team has had a hard time finding a victory.
Thanks to a four-run first inning Thursday night, the Hurricanes erased a five-game losing streak with a 5-2 victory over Karns in the opening round of the Smoky Mountain Invitational at Seymour High School.
Will Thompson led the Hurricanes with a triple, as seven players had a hit in the win. Ryan Lynch, Braden Jones, Jeremiah Ray, Brandon Curtice, Hayden Davis and Cale Wolfenbarger each recorded a single for East. Davis also drove in a pair of runs in the victory.
Jake Dent picked up the win in relief after allowing just one earned run on four hits and striking out four batters in five innings of work. Dustin Green allowed an unearned run on one hit in two innings as the starter.
The Hurricanes will face two traditional powerhouse programs today when they take on Gibbs at 4:30 p.m. and Science Hill at 6:45 p.m. Both games will be played at Sevier County High School.
Muscle Shoals (Ala.) 5, MoTown West 4
At Murfreesboro, the Trojans (6-4) lead early on and fought back to tie the game in the sixth inning against Muscle Shoals, but West allowed a run in the bottom of the sixth to fall in their opener in the Warrior Classic.
The Trojans plated single runs in the second and fourth innings for a 2-0 lead before they fell behind 4-2 in the bottom of the fourth. West scored in the fifth and sixth innings to knot the score at 4 before Muscle Shoals scored the eventual game-winning run in the sixth.
Jake Logan continued to swing a hot bat for the Trojans, as he recorded three hits in the contest. Austin Bishop added a pair of hits in the loss, as West had seven hits as a team. Logan and Tyler Britt each drove in a run as well in the defeat.
Chas Hadden worked four innings on the mound as the starter and Will Gardner worked an inning in relief and took the loss.
-From Staff Reports