Smoky Mountain traveled to Georgia on April 29 and picked up an 8-3 non-conference baseball victory at Rabun Gap.
Aniyah Younce (1-0) pitched six and two-thirds innings for the victory. He allowed four hits and three walks and struck out four.
Younce nearly pitched a complete game, but he was taken out when he reached the pitch count limit of 105.
“Aniyah had a great outing,” Coach Jeremy Ellenburg said. “He threw strikes and kept hitters off balance. We played good defense behind him.”
Bengie Dillard, Jameson Madden and Dustin Stephens all had two hits for the Mustangs.
“We finally started putting some things together,” Ellenburg said. “We had a big inning when we scored three runs to take the lead. We had a couple of bunts where we were trying to move runners over and ended up getting hits on them. Our approach at the plate was much better. We went up there with a purpose. We played with a little more intensity, and it showed.”
The Eagles scored in the first on a sacrifice fly by Justin Sanchez.
SM tied it 1-1 in the third on an error after a walk to Ryder Sutton and a single by Dustin Stephens.
The Mustangs took a 4-1 lead with three runs in the fifth. Walks to Emmitt Baldwin and James Hinson along with an error loaded the bases. Dillard had an RBI single, and Madden singled in a pair.
Rabun cut the gap to 4-2 in the fifth on Devyn Munroe’s RBI single and a passed ball.
SM put the game away with four runs in the sixth. Singles by Sutton and Stephens and a walk to Cody Lominac loaded the bases. Hinson drove in a run with an infield out. After a walk to Jacob Frizzell, Dillard singled in two runs and Madden had an RBI double.
Reliever Deston Worthy was the losing pitcher.