James Hinson went three of four and drove in six runs leading Smoky Mountain to a 14-1 Mountain Six Conference baseball victory April 23 at Hendersonville.
The game was called after five innings due to the 10-run rule.
Conner Seagraves, Jacob Frizzell and Grayson Hall all had two hits for the Mustangs.
Ryder Sutton and Austin Townsend combined on a one-hitter. Sutton started and retired all six batters he faced, including three by strikeout. Townsend (1-0) pitched the last three innings for the win. He gave up one hit and four walks and struck out four.
“That’s really the first game all season that when we got somebody down we kept them down,” Coach Jeremy Ellenburg said. “We finally put somebody away. We were aggressive at the plate. We kept it going the whole game.”
SM led 3-0 before the game’s first out. Emmitt Baldwin and Seagraves singled, and Hinson hit a home run.
Dawson Karup and Baldwin walked in the second. Seagraves and Hinson both had RBI singles, and Frizzell doubled in a run. Another run scored on a wild pitch for a 7-0 lead.
Errors allowed two runs to score in the fourth, upping the margin to 9-0. Seagraves walked in the frame, and Hall had a single.
The Bearcats scored on a wild pitch in the bottom of the third to trail 9-1. Sam Fertik’s single during the inning was his team’s only hit.
SM clinched the win with five runs in the fourth. Karup singled and scored on Dustin Stephens’ double. Seagraves walked, and Hinson had a two-run single. Frizzell singled ahead of Hall’s two-run single.
Starting pitcher Will Green took the loss.
“Having three games in a row that week, it was good that we jumped on them,” Ellenburg said. “We were able to keep the pitchers’ pitch counts down. Austin hadn’t gotten much of a chance to pitch this year. He got in and threw the ball well and got people out.”
The Mustang JVs rolled to a 16-0 win. Brylen Conlin and Clayton Dillard combined to pitch a shutout. Cole James had three hits.