Hurricanes fail in upset bid over top seeded Sevier Co.
Morristown East’s WIll Thompson (right) catches a throw on an attempt to double off a runner at first base on Friday night in Sevierville. The Hurrcanes fell to the Smoky Bears, 11-6.
SEVIERVILLE — Trailing 5-4 against top-seeded Sevier County, the No. 8 seeded Morristown East High Hurricanes appeared to have a chance at pulling a huge upset to begin the District 2-AAA Tournament on Friday night in Sevierville.
However, the giant slaying was not to be as Ryan Haun’s squad allowed four runs in the bottom half of the fourth and two more in the fifth to eventually fall 11-6.
For Haun, he felt like his team played well, but not well enough to get the upset victory.
“We really stroked the ball tonight, but our defense let us down,” said Haun. “In order to beat a team like Sevier County, you have to play your best game. Offensively, we swung well enough to win, but unfortunately our defense did not play a great game.”
Sevier County’s Kody Paul grabbed the win, while lefty Ryan Lloyd took the loss after five innings of work. Ryan Lynch finished with two hits for the Hurricanes, while Braden Jones tripled. Aaron Smith, Will Thompson, and Hayden Davis added a double apiece.
Dallas Ford led Sevier County with a double and two singles, while Alan Silva doubled and tripled.
Devonte Matthews added a double and single, with Charlie Brown adding two singles.
The Smoky Bears wasted no time getting a run off of Lloyd and the Hurricanes in the first inning. Leadoff hitter Silva tripled to begin the bottom half of the inning. With one out, Dallas Gossett lifted a sacrifice fly to score Silva for a 1-0 advantage.
In the top half of the second inning, the Hurricanes appeared to put together a big inning, but a double play ended that thought. With one out, Jeremiah Ray struck out, but reached first base after Sevier County catcher Devonte Matthews failed to handle the pitch. Cale Wolfenbarger followed with a walk, which put runners on first and second with one out.
However, Sevier County starter Kody Paul managed to get Hayden Davis to bunt a liner to first base, which was turned into a double play on Ray at second to end the threat.
After losing a little bit of momentum, the Hurricanes failed to keep the game close as Sevier County crossed home plate three times to jump ahead 4-0 in the top of the second.
Garrett Gay, Brown, and Silva all scored in the inning. Silva kept the inning alive on a bloop single to score Gay. Ford played Brown and Silva on a two-out single to give the Smoky Bears a 4-0 lead.
Trailing 4-0, the Hurricanes refused to go down plating three runs off Paul in the top half of the third.
With one out, Ryan Lynch walked. Aaron Smith followed with what appeared to be a double play ground out to second baseman Brown, but Brown committed an error to keep the inning alive. With runners on first and second, Braden Jones cleared the bases with a two-run triple to close the gap to 4-2.
Will Thompson picked up his 14th RBI of the season on a ground out to first base to score Jones for a 4-3 showing. Paul managed to close out the inning on a strikeout to stop the bleeding.
In the bottom of the third, Sevier County responded with another run to lead 5-2. Devonte Matthews doubled to lead off the inning and later crossed home plate with two outs. Matthews scored on a RBI single from Brown.
Once again, the Hurricanes refused to go down quietly with another run in the top of the fourth.
Ray started the inning with a walk and later scored on a RBI sacrifice fly from Tavis Carmichael for a 5-4 mark.
After the 4-run fourth inning by Sevier County, the Hurricanes loaded the bases with one out in the top of the fifth, but Paul managed to close out the inning unscathed. Sevier County added two runs in the fifth to jump ahead 11-4.
Morristown East added a run in the top of the sixth on a double by Smith and their final run in the seventh on a RBI sacrifice fly by Ray. Ray’s sacrifice fly plated Thompson for the final run of the evening.
-By Chris Ayers ,Assistant Sports Editor