SEVIERVILLE — After an opening win on Thursday in the Smoky Mountain Invitational that ended a five-game losing streak, the Morristown East Hurricanes could not carry the momentum over into Friday’s doubleheader.
The Hurricanes dropped both games at Sevier County High School, falling 2-0 to Gibbs in the opening game before being handed an 11-1 defeat in five innings by Science Hill.
East (5-9) held a 1-0 lead entering the fifth inning against the Hilltoppers, but Science Hill erupted for 11 runs in the frame and held the ‘Canes scoreless in the home half of the inning to force the mercy-rule ending of the contest.
Aaron Smith had two doubles and scored the only run of the game for East, while Hayden Davis added a single in the loss. Ryan Lloyd was handed the defeat on the mound after giving up seven runs – five earned – on six hits in 4.1 innings. Jake McDaniel recorded the final two outs but allowed four runs – one earned – on four hits in the fifth.
In the opening game, Aaron Rymer pitched a gem, but the Eagles plated a run in the first and another in the second for the only runs of the contest.
Rymer allowed two earned runs on seven hits in a complete game effort, but the ‘Canes could not push across a run.
Ryan Lynch led East with two hits, while Braden Jones added a double. Jeremiah Ray and Davis both singled in the defeat.
West loses two in Murfreesboro
In Murfreesboro, the Trojans (6-6) dropped a pair of games in the Warrior Classic, as they fell 3-2 to Siegel on their home field before dropping a 10-0 decision to Pelham, one of the top teams in Alabama.
In the opening game, West scored a run in the opening inning and another in the fourth to take a 2-0 lead, but the Stars bounced back with three unearned runs in the fifth to take the lead and get the win.
Tyler Britt and Nick Smelcer each had a hit in the loss, with Smelcer also driving in a run. Eric Wolfe allowed three unearned runs in 4.1 innings and was the tough-luck loser on the mound. Jacob Jennings worked 1.1 innings of scoreless relief.
In the nightcap, the Trojans could muster just three hits in a five-inning loss to the Alabama powerhouse. Jack Starnes allowed five runs in three innings of work in the loss.
CCHS splits two IMAC games
In Newport, the Lady Red (6-4, 3-3 IMAC) split a pair of Inter Mountain Conference games on Thursday and Friday.
Cocke County dropped an 8-7 decision to South Doyle in eight innings on Thursday. Autumn Bible took the loss after giving up nine hits, striking out five and not issuing a walk in a complete game.
Taylor Thornton and KK Williams had two hits each in the defeat, with Williams recording a double.
On Friday night, Cocke County rebounded with a 3-0 victory over Sevier County. Abbie Ramsey led the way by claiming the win inside the circle, as she gave up just four hits, struck out five and walked one in seven innings of work.
-From Staff Reports