Bears Finish 2nd

The Bears matched up with Cougars for a double header on Thursday night at Sevier
County High School. With the playoffs starting next week both teams were battling for seeding.
The Bears went in to the night with a chance to clinch the top seed with an Eagles loss and a
sweep of the double header. The Eagles won 5-1 so the Bears were looking to lock down the
second seed. Game one started off looking like the sweep wouldn’t happen when the Cougars
put up two runs in the top of the first with a groundout and a passed ball. The Bears then
poured it on with three runs in the second, four runs in the third, and one run in the fourth. The
last one being on a solo homerun by Christian Nave. The three run, second was led by singles
from Andrew Carpenter and Gavan Rupe. Logan Hayes got the scoring going in the third with an
RBI single. Andrew Carpenter followed that up with an RBI single of his own. Two runs scored
on errors in the inning. The Cougars would try to comeback but fell short. The scored three runs
in the top of the fifth, but it wasn’t enough as the Bears take game one 8-5. Andrew Carpenter
was the star of the game thanks to his offensive production.
Game two was the Bears game from the beginning. They put two runs up in the bottom
of the first. Eric Hart started it with an RBI double. Logan Hayes followed him with an RBI single.
The Bears added another one in the second. The real story of the game was the Bears starting
pitcher Jacob Jennings. He was in control from the start. The Cougars would eventually pull
together a rally in the top of the fifth, but Jennings had enough in the tank to finish them off as
the Bears win game two 3-2. Jennings was the star of the game thanks to his gem of an outing.

Eagles Look to Win the Regular Season League

With only two games to play in the regular season the collegiate baseball league got back in action Tuesday night. For the last time in Jefferson City the Cougars came to town to take on the Eagles. The Cougars come in playing some good baseball and riding their string starting pitcher core. The Eagles also come in after winning the day before and want to get a streak going before the playoffs. The Cougars sent out Garren Jackson while the Eagles countered with the righty Jacob Hanson. 

 

Shaw and the Cougars led the game off with a single but Ethan Goforth, the Eagles catcher, caught him stealing and nailed him with a middle from the knees and Jacob Hanson got the next two batters to go 1-2-3. In the bottom of the first the Eagles attacked early. Andrew and Mendenhall led the game off with singles and Ethan Goforth battled for a eight pitch at bat while sending the ninth over the wall for a 3- run bomb before Jackson could even record an out. Hanson would roll through the next two innings while walking two but never allowing a run. Meanwhile for Jackson and the Cougars they didn’t have the same luck. In the third inning Killian Doughtry walked and Bryce Hodge hit a moonshot over the fence for a 2 run home run to take a 6 run lead. Jackson would walk Blackburn and Tyler Shaver and Micah Genter would hit a bases clearing double to increase their lead to 8. 

 

Jacob Hanson on the other hand stayed hot through five inning before finally having some trouble in the sixth. A single for Caldwell, a walk for Shepard, and then a bases clearing double from Brennan Davis finally got the Cougars on the board, but that’s all the offense could muster for the day. Hanson would get the next seven batters out to finish off the complete game. The Eagles scores one last run from back to back doubles from Mendenhall and Goforth. 

 

The standouts of the game were definitely Ethan Goforth and Jacob Hanson. Despite being key pieces constantly throughout the game each player played their part in holding it down for their team when things got tough. Hanson went all 7 innings while allowing four hits, gave up 2 runs, and walked four in total. Ethan Goforth went 2-3 with a home run and a double. He had 4 RBI’s in total while also throwing a guy out at second. Goforth was the voice all the Eagles heard every step of the way to this 9-2 route of the Cougars. 

 

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Bears Take 2nd Place in Standings

The Bears and Copperheads matched up at Sevier County on Tuesday night. After a
series of double headers due to weather, only one game was played last night. The Bears got
this game going striking early and often. They put up three runs in the bottom of the first.
Charlie Brown scored on a fielder’s choice. Juan landers scored on an error. Logan Hayes would
later double to score Eric Hart. In the top of the fourth the Copperheads would get one back
when Brent Richey doubled home Cade Gilbert to make the score 3-1 Bears. The Bears would
answer with a runoff their own in the bottom of the fourth when Logan Hayes scored on a
groundout by Blake Howard. The Bears would add three more in the bottom of the fifth starting
when John Sharpe scored on a wild pitch. Cody Hutcherson would later drive in Charlie Brown
with a single. Logan Hayes would follow that up with a bloop single to score Jacob Jennings to
make the score 7-1. The Copperheads would answer with five runs in the top of the sixth. Brent
Richey drove in a run with a single to get things going. Cade Gilbert would later score on an
error. Nicholas Bennett would follow that up with an RBI single to make the score 7-4. Seth
Hunt would get in on the fun with a double to score two runs to make the score 7-6 Bears. In
the Bottom of the sixth the Bears would get some breathing room when Gavan Rupe scored on
an error to make the score 8-6. That would be all the Bears would need as they take this one
8-6.
The star of the game was Logan Hayes who went 2 for 3 with two RBI’s. He set the tone
for the Bears’ offense. The Bears matchup with the Cougars on Thursday at Sevier County.

Last Week of Regular Season

The Bears matched up with the Eagles at Sevier County High School for a double header
on Monday night. Game one was drama filled as it was back and forth the entire game. The
Eagles got the game going with two runs in the first inning with Ethan Goforth’s two-run
homerun. The Bears would answer with two runs of their own in the bottom of the third. Logan
Hayes scored on a double play, and Mark Treadway scored on a single by John Sharpe. The
Eagles would come back with two runs in the top of the fourth to take a 4-2 lead. Ethan Goforth
scored on a wild pitch, and Bryce Hodge scored on an error. The Bears would get one back in
the bottom of the fourth when Mark Treadway singled in Eric Hart to cut the deficit to 4-3. The
Eagles would be held scoreless in the top of the fifth to set up a dramatic ending. John Sharpe
singled to get the Bears going. Then with two outs Christian Nave unloads on one for a two-run
walk off homerun to end game one. Bears take this one 5-4.
Game two wasn’t as dramatic. Bryce Hodge started the game off with a double to drive
in two runs. The Bears were unable to get anything going. In the fourth the Eagles exploded for
ten runs to blow it open to 12-0. A series of walks, hits and errors allowed the Eagles to have
the big inning. The Bears would get three runs back in the fifth but were unable to complete the
comeback as the Eagles take game two 12-3.
The star of game one was Christian Nave. His walk off homerun completed the
comeback for the Bears and ended one of the most dramatic games of the season. The game

two star of the game was Bryce Hodge whose RBI double got the offense going before their ten-
run explosion. The Bears faceoff against the Copperheads at Sevier County.

Copperheads Continue Their Struggles

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Monday night kicked off another week of collegiate league baseball as the Copperheads came to Seymour, Tennessee to take on the hometown Cougars. With only one week left in the regular season both teams are looking for a hot streak to carry themselves into the post season. The Cougars come in playing some good baseball after taking two at home from the Copperheads while the Copperheads had come off a nice performance from last Thursday. 

 

The Copperheads sent out Braxton Dieckhause to pitch for them in game one. The Copperheads has a very limited pitching staff Monday night so Dieckhause needed to pitch well and for as long as he could. Despite a walk Dieckhause rolled through the first inning, but heading into the second things didn’t stay his way. He hit Blevins and then Cal Cook hit a moonshot over the centerfield fence to put the Cougars on the board first. In the third Dieckhause have ip a leadoff walk that came around to score and would ultimately walk three more to end his night. Brock Beeler would come on to end the inning and finish off the fourth but not before the Cougars scored three more runs.

 

The Copperhead bats were silent for the majority of game one but every time they sneaked across a hit nothing could be done to get him around the bases. Tony Curry of the Cougars had an amazing pitching performance that had Copperhead hitters clueless. He was relieved in the top of the fifth and that’s when the Copperheads awoke. After two quick outs Cade Gilbert hit a 2- run home run to finally get on the scoreboard. The very next batter, Brent Richey, followed him up with a solo shot of his own. Now within three Jackson hit a triple down the line and on a throwing error scored. The next Copperhead popped up to short to end the game and the attempted comeback. 

 

Game two started immediately with Williams heading out to the mound for the Cougars and Cameron Bloebaum headed out for the Copperheads. Williams got in early trouble by hitting Seth Hunt and giving up a Dom Leo double and a Cade Gilbert single. The Copperheads jumped out to an early 1-0 lead that didn’t stick around for long. 

 

After a scoreless first the Cougars pounced on Bloebaum and infield errors by taking a 5-1 lead. Cal Cook doubled, Parrott was walked, Hoffman singled, and Pullman reached off an error by the Copperhead second baseman. Brennan Davis and Cotton would single in runs that helped lead the charge. After jumping out to the lead the Copperheads struggled to get any offense going. 

 

In the top of the fifth the Copperheads tried to rally like they had in the first game and they were in part successful. Cade Gilbert singled, Brent Richey hit a double, Jackson also doubled scoring both of them, and Graham hit a single scoring Jackson. With all of that the Copperheads still fell short and lost game two 7-4 thanks to Levi Everett settling down and ending the game on a strikeout. The Cougars took two from the hot Copperheads and head into

Jefferson City to take on the Eagles Tuesday night.

 

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Playoff Race IS Heating Up

Thursday night the Bears and the Cougars matched up for a double header at Seymour
High School. Game one was the Cougars’ game from the beginning. Jumping out to a 4-0 lead
by the third. Jacob Hoffman got the offense going in the second with an RBI single. In the third
inning, Kevin McCarthy drove in two runs with a single of his own. Brandon Parrott followed
that up with a single to drive in a run to give the Cougars the 4-0 lead. The Bears would get a
run in the top of the fourth when Dalton Cornett singled home Charlie Brown. The Cougars
would answer with four runs in the bottom of the fifth. Lofton Cotton had an RBI single to start
it, Cade Davis scored on a walk, and Brandon Parrott drove in two runs with a single. The
Cougars would add one more in the sixth, and the Bears would attempt to mount a comeback
with two runs in the seventh, but it wouldn’t be enough as the Cougars take game one. The real
story of the Game was the Cougars’ starting pitcher, Colt Williams, who threw a 64-pitch
complete game. He was the star of the game as he had the Bears off balance all night.
Game two was a much different story. The Game was shortened due to weather, but
they were able to get three innings in before the game was called. The Bears scored the only
runs of the game in the third. Gavan Rupe scored on a double by Dalton Cornett to get things
going. Later in the inning Hal Bishop drove in two runs with a single. Christian Nave would also
score on a fielder’s choice to give the Bears the 4-0 lead. That’s when the rain came in forcing
the umpires to call the game. Hal Bishop was the star of game two. His two RBI’s blew the game
open before the rain came in.
The Bears match up with the Eagles at Sevier County on Monday. The Cougars matchup against the copperheads!

Split Between Copperheads and Eagles Not Defore 15ks By Copperheads in Game 2

Fans were treated to double header action Thursday night in Knoxville, Tennessee as the Eagles came to Knox Catholic high school to take on the Copperheads. The Eagles came in having lost their last two games while the Copperheads were hot and looking to keep the streak alive. The Eagles elected to send out Jacob Hanson while the Copperheads countered with Jordan Davis. Fans were treated to some good baseball Thursday afternoon as both offenses exploded for twenty-five runs. Although he did have struggles he gave his Eagles a great chance to win by limiting runners in scoring position and staying ahead in the game. 

 

Jordan Davis began the game hot by striking out the side with ease, but that was not the case from start to finish. The Eagles offense came alive with a leadoff double from Malik Kyle. Kyle would advance on a passed ball and the Eagles took advantage of every freebie given to them in the inning. Jacob Rogers and Palmer Taylor walked, Micah Genter singled, and Bennett walked to score one and load the bases and then Andrew took it from there. Andrew unloaded the bases with a grand slam in the second and the Copperheads found themselves down six fast. Although Rogers and Mendenhall would single later in the game the Eagles would only be able to score one more time against the Copperhead bullpen. 

 

Jacob Hanson was effective early on with help from his catcher Ethan Goforth who caught one runner sleeping at second and kept runners from stealing all game. Hanson gave one two many freebies with three walks and he hit one batter. His inability to find the strike zone and get ahead of runners was the problem as the righty only lasted 3 innings in the outing before handing it over to the bullpen to finish off the game. 

 

The Copperhead offense in game one did their best to come back from a rough six run deficit early with help from the back of their lineup. Done Leo would hit a solo shot in the second and graham would follow with a single. Cameron Payne and Richey would hit back to back base hits pushing a couple more runs across making the score 6-4 after the second. They wouldn’t be able to score again until Richey singles to leadoff the fourth however there wasn’t any way of coming back. They did their best with a Gilbert and Cameron Payne singles but both would be stranded to drop game one 7-5.

 

Game two was a different story for both teams Andrew and Doughtry singles early and scored on a few passed balls and an error. The Eagles jumped out to an early 2-0 lead but that would be where the day ended for them. The Copperhead pitching staff would go on to strike them out fifteen times in the span of four innings. The offense fell completely silent in a dominant performance by the Copperhead pitchers. 

 

On the offensive side the Copperheads took advantage of walks and hit by pitches. The Snakes were walked a total of five times while getting hit four more. Cade Gilbert was twice but found his way around both times to give his guys a chance to tie early on. Although they were given free passes the majority of the times Cameron Payne, Dom Leo, and Richey had base hits that would unload the bases in the second inning that made the game virtually impossible for an Eagle comeback. 

 

The highlight of the game was easily the Copperhead pitching staff. Greg Valentine gave his guys a good start although he did give up two early runs, but he settled in during the second inning and gave Bubba Hubbard the ball and that’s when the strikeouts came in a hurry. Bubba pitched two innings while striking out all six batters he faced. He pitched front to back and stayed ahead of batters all day long and ultimately made it look easy. Cameron Bloebaum would come in to close out the game and follow his teammates by striking out the side as well. The crazy stat of the day was the Copperhead pitchers tallied every out of game two by striking out all the Eagles hitters giving them their fifteen outs. It was a masterful game by the pitching staff by only allowing three hits, no walks, two runs, and obviously fifteen strikeouts. The Copperheads went on to win the game 11-2 while riding their hot start and lights out pitching staff. 

 

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Bears, Copperheads Spilt Doubleheader

The Bears and Copperheads matched up on Monday night for a double header at Sevier
County. After a lightning delay caused fear that the games would have to be cancelled, the
games were played as soon as the lightning was out of the area. Game One started as a pitching
and defense kind of game, but in the fourth inning the gates opened up for the Copperheads to
get the scoring going. Lane Harris was the game’s first run when Cameron Payne singled him
home in the fourth. Deric Graham followed that up with a single of his own to drive in Seth
Hunt to make the score 2-0 Copperheads. The Bears would fail to answer. In the top of the fifth
the flood gates opened as the Copperheads added four runs to make the lead 6-0. Derrick Lay
scored on a wild pitch with the bases loaded. Lane Harris followed that up with a two-run single
and, later, score a run of his own on a wild pitch. The Bears would try their best to fight back.
Christian Nave would get the Bears going with a two-run homerun to make the score 6-2
Copperheads. John Sharpe would later score on an error. Hal Bishop would follow that up with
a single to score Jacob Jennings. That would be all the Bears would get as the Copperheads take
game one 6-4.
Game two was also a game of pitching and defense as both teams struggled to get much
going. The Bears would get a run in the first inning when Dalton Cornett singled home Logan
Hayes to give the bears the lead. The Bears would add two more in the third when John Sharpe
scored on an error, and Logan Hayes scored on a wild pitch. That would be the only offense in
the game as the Bears’ Brock Browning threw four innings of shutout ball. Ethan Walls would
pick up the save as he threw the last inning of the game. The Bears take game two 3-0.
Lane Harris was the star of game one. His offensive production led the way for the
Copperheads as the take game one. Brock Browning was the star of game two. His four innings

of shutout ball set the Bears of for a shutout win in game two. The Bears (6-6) face the Cougars
(4-8) at Seymour High School on Thursday. The Copperheads (8-6) matchup with the Eagles and Copperheads.  

Cougars Continue Winning

Monday night kicked off another week of collegiate league baseball as the Cougars came to Jefferson City to take on the hometown Eagles. With only three weeks left in the season both teams are looking for a hot streak to carry themselves into the post season. The Cougars come in playing some good baseball after going to Knoxville and taking two from the first place Copperheads while the Eagles have struggled of late in their pitching staff. 

 

On a hot humid day in Jefferson City the Cougars sent out righty Tony Curry to the mound to get things started. Curry worked fast and efficient through the first 3 innings of the game while striking out four and only allowing three hits and one run. In the fourth Curry would allow another run by from an early walk and some passed balls to trail 2-0. Entering the fifth inning Curry would give up a few base hits and finish off his last inning of the game allowing a total of six runs.

 

The Cougars offense was virtually on existent Monday night as they collected a total of four hits through the game, all of which were singles. Ro lead off the game Tyler Thompson and McCarthy hit singles but were both thrown out trying to take an extra base. From then on McCarthy would collect one more hit while Cade Davis would be the other lone Cougar. The Cougars would go seven innings without scoring a run because of a masterful night by Will Heflin. 

 

Heflin was rolling after his defense helped make those two early stops. Heflin commanded the zone, stayed ahead of hitters, while also keeping them off balance and guessing. He went a total of six innings while striking out 5, allowing 3 hits, and walking one. Every ball put in play was a weak contact out and he worked through innings very quickly. 

 

The Eagle’s offense was on fire after taking a little while to get started. A double by Mendenhall and Ethan Goforth helped bring the first run across the board and Hodge would work his way across home after being walked. Andrew would single in the fifth, Goforth and Doughtry would get free passes, and Malik Kyle hit a no doubt grand slam over the right field fence to take a commanding 6-0 lead that would end the chance of a Cougar come back. The Eagles would score one last insurance run to ice a 7-0 shutout over the visiting Cougars. Will Heflin would take home Player of the game honors.

 

Game 2 was started but after a fast half inning the game would be stopped due to lightning then later cancelled due to a storm and the conditions. 

 

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Eagles and Copperheads Spilt

The Bears and Copperheads matched up on Monday night for a double header at Sevier
County. After a lightning delay caused fear that the games would have to be cancelled, the
games were played as soon as the lightning was out of the area. Game One started as a pitching
and defense kind of game, but in the fourth inning the gates opened up for the Copperheads to
get the scoring going. Lane Harris was the game’s first run when Cameron Payne singled him
home in the fourth. Deric Graham followed that up with a single of his own to drive in Seth
Hunt to make the score 2-0 Copperheads. The Bears would fail to answer. In the top of the fifth
the flood gates opened as the Copperheads added four runs to make the lead 6-0. Derrick Lay
scored on a wild pitch with the bases loaded. Lane Harris followed that up with a two-run single
and, later, score a run of his own on a wild pitch. The Bears would try their best to fight back.
Christian Nave would get the Bears going with a two-run homerun to make the score 6-2
Copperheads. John Sharpe would later score on an error. Hal Bishop would follow that up with
a single to score Jacob Jennings. That would be all the Bears would get as the Copperheads take
game one 6-4.
Game two was also a game of pitching and defense as both teams struggled to get much
going. The Bears would get a run in the first inning when Dalton Cornett singled home Logan
Hayes to give the bears the lead. The Bears would add two more in the third when John Sharpe
scored on an error, and Logan Hayes scored on a wild pitch. That would be the only offense in
the game as the Bears’ Brock Browning threw four innings of shutout ball. Ethan Walls would
pick up the save as he threw the last inning of the game. The Bears take game two 3-0.
Lane Harris was the star of game one. His offensive production led the way for the
Copperheads as the take game one. Brock Browning was the star of game two. His four innings

of shutout ball set the Bears of for a shutout win in game two. The Bears (6-6) face the Cougars
(4-8) at Seymour High School on Thursday. While the Copperheads will battle for first against the Eagles. 

Eagles and Bears Race is Heating Up

The Bears and Eagles matched up on Thursday night at Jefferson County High School.
After fear that the games would be cancelled due to weather like the rest of the week, the
weather held off for these games to be played. Game one started off with the Eagles taking the
early lead in the first inning when Ethan Goforth singled in a run to give the Eagles a 1-0 lead.
The Bears would answer in the third with three runs of their own. Jacob Jennings singled in a
run to tie it up. Later on, John Sharpe scored on a passed ball to give the Bears the 2-1 lead.
Andrew Carpenter would add another run on a sacrifice fly to score Jacob Jennings to extend
the lead to 3-1. The Eagles would answer with a run in the bottom half of the third to make it a
3-2 deficit. In the bottom of the fourth Justin Vaden singled home a run to tie it at three. Will
Leonard followed that up with a run scoring single of his own to give the Eagles a 4-3 lead. The
Bears would put together a few walks and a double by Deric Graham to take an 8-4 lead in the
fifth. That deficit would be too much for the Eagles as the Bears take game one, 8-4. Game two
was dominated by pitching and defense. The Eagles’ Jacob Hanson pitched a gem up until the
fifth inning. The Eagles were given a 4-0 lead after a single by Bryce Hodge, a walk by Augustus
Fraley, and a double by Bryce Hodge. The Bears were shut down until the fifth inning when
John Sharpe singled in two runs to make the score 4-2. Jacob Jennings followed that up with a
run scoring single but Charlie Brown was thrown out at the plate to end the game. The Eagles
took game two, 4-3.
The game one star of the game was the Bears’ Deric Graham. His Double broke the
game wide open for the Bears as they were able to hold off the Eagles in game one. The game
two star of the game was the Eagles’ Bryce Hodge. His three RBI’s led the way for the Eagles as
they win a close one in game two. The Bears (5-5) faceoff against the Copperheads (6-5) at

Sevier County High School on Monday. The Eagles (6-4) faceoff against the Cougars (4-7) at Jefferson County. 

Cougars Take Two

The Collegiate league was back in action Thursday night after two canceled games on Monday and Tuesday. Despite the threat of rain all afternoon the Cougars came to Knoxville to play the Copperheads. To catch up with the past couple games being cancelled the league decided to play a two 7 inning games. With games back in action we saw the Cougars send Bryce Woody out on the mound vs. Jordan Davis and his Copperheads. 

 

The day was dominated by Cougar’s pitching as Woody put his foot on the gas and never let off from the first pitch. Woody was masterful through his first three innings of work by not giving up a single hit and struck out two. With the conditions on the field and a tough playing surface Woody took full advantage by keeping hitters off balance, attacking early, and allowing weak contact to the Copperhead offense. 

 

He would get run support from his guys by a tough outing from Jordan Davis. The righty struggled to find the zone and went into deep counts with the majority of the Cougars. Lecomte and Caldwell would get back to back singles resulting in the first Cougars run. Followed by a Robinson walk, Parrott walk, single by Lecomte, Blevins walk, single from Cook, and finally a double by Shepard. The long inning resulted in four more runs for the Cougars and a commanding 5-0 lead. The Copperheads relied on Richard Jackson and Brock Beeler to keep the deficit where it was and the duo did well. Only allowing one run between the two in four total innings. Free passes ultimately killed the Copperheads and any chance of coming back from the Cougar lead. 

 

In the fourth Seth Hunt quickly awoke the offense by homering to left center. The solo shot finally put the Copperheads on the board but it would take two more innings before Jordan would hit a triple and score on a past ball ultimately doing it all on his own. 

 

The masterful outing earned Woody Player of the game honors as his final stat line ran as a complete game 7 innings 4 hits 6 strikeouts and 2 earned runs. One crazy stat of the day was Woody ultimately allowed the Copperheads to hit for the cycle. Not one player but rather the whole team. Woody allowed a homerun, then a triple, followed by a Cameron Payne double, and finally a Dom Leo single that accounted for all of the Copperhead’s offense. 

 

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Copperheads Win Again

Another night of collegiate league baseball in Jefferson City as the Copperheads traveled to the Eagles in a top of the division showdown. The Copperheads have been a hot streak as they send out Jordan Davis while the Eagles countered with Jacob Hanson. 

 

The Copperheads jumped out to a quick lead with a single from Jackson and a couple passed balls. Cade Gilbert would be the one who sacrificed himself for the run. We would then go four innings without anymore runs as the Copperheads once again relied on their staff to lock down the game. Jordan Davis pitched deep into counts but whatever trouble he got into he would easily get himself out. Davis relied on the punch out at times while also getting very weak contact from the opposing Eagles offense. 

 

The Eagles struggled defensively as the staff gave up too many walks and the defense allowed too many free bases to the Copperheads. At times Jacob Hanson would have the opposing hitters dancing but without run support he quickly grew tired and the Eagles looked to a depleted bullpen for help, in game Ethan Goforth. The Eagles catcher stepped in and threw three innings while only allowing 2 runs total in his debut on the bump. Although his valiant efforts the Copperheads were just head and shoulders better on the diamond Tuesday night as they strolled out to a 5-0 victory over the second place Eagles. 

 

The Copperheads got help in part from Jackson, Gilbert, Leo, Lay, and their bullpen. The bullpen once again came in and shut the door on the shutout. The three headed monster consisting of Cameron Bloebaum, Greg Valentine, and Greg Tye once again came in and dominated as they kept Davis’ shutout in tact. 

 

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The Bears and the Copperheads matched up on Monday night at Knoxville Catholic High
School. The Bears were looking to continue their winning ways and extend their win streak to
four games, while the Copperheads were looking to end their three-game losing streak. The
game started with two and a half scoreless innings before the Copperheads opened up the
scoring. Richard Jackson reached base on an error to score Nicholas Bennett for the first run of
the game. Later in the inning Seth Hunt singled up the middle to score two runs to extend the
Copperheads’ lead to 3-0. The Bears would answer in the top of the fourth when Eric Hart
grounded out to score Hal Bishop after he tripled to start the inning. IN the bottom of the fifth
the Copperheads would continue their scoring ways when Jerry Hammonds doubled in two
runs to extend their lead to 5-1. The Bears would try to mount a comeback when Charlie Brown
reached on an error to score Juan Landers to trim the deficit to 5-2. Later in the inning John
Sharpe grounded out to score Mark Treadway to make the score 5-3. That would be all the
Bears could muster. The Copperheads would add three more runs in the bottom of the sixth to
bust the game wide open. The Bears were unable to make a comeback as the Copperheads take
this one 8-3.
The Copperheads’ Richard Jackson and Seth Hunt are co-stars for the game both going
2 for 4 with three RBI’s. The Bears (4-4) have Tuesday off and will play the Eagles (5-3) on
Thursday at Sevier County. The Copperheads (6-3) play the Eagles on Tuesday at Jefferson County High School.

3 In a Row For the Bears

The Eagles and Bears matched up at Sevier County High School on Thursday night. The
Bears were looking to keep up their winning ways and the Eagles were looking to continue their
dominance over the Bears. Pitching and defense was the story of this game until the fifth
inning. Neither team scored until the fifth. Both teams had many opportunities but were unable
to capitalize. The Eagles got the scoring going when Ethan Goforth Grounded out to score a run
to put the Eagles ahead. The Bears quickly answered when John Sharpe drew a bases loaded
walk to score Gavan Rupe. Jacob Jennings would later clear the bases with a single off of the
wall to make the Score 4-1 Bears. In the top of the sixth the Eagles would work their way back.
Jacob Rogers grounded out to score Tucker Cain. Later in the inning Malik Kyle scored on a
dropped third strike to make the score 4-3 Bears. The Bears would bounce back in the bottom
half of the inning when Deric Graham hit a single to score two runs. Christian Nave would later
ground into a fielder’s choice to score Gavan Rupe. The Bears would two more runs on a
ground out by Eric Hart and a double by John Sharpe to make the score 9-3 Bears. The Eagles
would add another run in the top of the seventh but would be unable to make the comeback as
the Bears take this one 9-4.
The Bears’ Jacob Jennings was the star of the game going 2 for 3 with three RBI’s. His
run production gave the Bears the lead and they never looked back from there. The Bears (4-3)
match up with the Copperheads (5-3) at Knoxville Catholic High School on Monday. The Eagles
(4-3) match up with the Cougars (2-6) at Seymour High School.

Bears Win Again

The Bears and Cougars matched up on Tuesday night at Seymour High School. Both
teams are coming off big victories. The Bears were looking to get back to .500 while the Cougars
were looking to start a winning trend. The Cougars got the game going when Michael Robinson
singled in Lofton Cotton to give the Cougars a 1-0 lead. The Bears would quickly answer in the
top of the second when John Sharpe scored on a throwing error to tie the game. In the third
inning the Bears would add two more runs. Charlie Brown hit a single to left to score Deric
Graham, and Eric Hart singled up the middle to drive in Hal Bishop. In the fourth the Cougars
would add a run to make it a one run deficit when Zeke LeComte singled in Michael Robinson.
In the fifth the Bears would get that run right back when Charlie Brown hit a sacrifice fly to
drive in Hal Bishop to make the score 4-2 Bears. The Cougars would come roaring back in the
sixth. Michael Robinson hit a sacrifice fly to drive in Tyler Thompson to make the score 4-3.
Luke Shepard would hit a bloop single to right to score two runs giving the Cougars the 5-4 lead.
In the top of the seventh Cody Hutcherson hit a solo homerun to tie the game at five. Later in
the inning Hal Bishop hit a sacrifice fly to give the bears the lead 6-5. Gavan Rupe would add an
insurance run with another sacrifice fly to give the bears a 7-5 lead. The Cougars would be
unable to mount another come back in the seventh as the Bears squeak past the Cougars.
The Bears Hal Bishop was the star of the game going 1 for 2 with a walk and a hit by
pitch. He also had an RBI, two runs, and two stolen bases. His ability to get on base was what
gave the Bears the opportunities to pull off the comeback win. The Bears (3-3) matchup against
the Eagles (4-2) on Thursday night at Sevier County High School. The Cougars (1-6) matchup
against the Copperheads (5-2) at Knox Catholic.

Bears Take Down Copperheads

Monday night the Bears and the Copperheads matched up at Knoxville Catholic High
School. The Bears were looking to hand the Copperheads their first loss of the season while
trying to get their own season back on track. Both teams were held scoreless in the first inning.
In the top of the second inning the Bears got the bats going. Gavan Rupe singled in Logan Hayes
to score the game’s first run. Hal Bishop also scored on the play on a throwing error. Dalton
Cornett followed that up with a single to right that scored Gavan Rupe and Mark Treadway.
Charlie Brown would add another run on a sacrifice fly making the score 5-0 Bears midway
through the second. The Copperheads would fire right back with four runs of their own in the
bottom half of the second. Brent Richey doubled in two runs and would later score on a
throwing error by the catcher. Later in the inning Lane Harris singled in Ryan Roland to make
the score 5-4 Bears. Neither team would score in the third. The Copperheads would add
another run in the bottom of the fourth on a bases loaded walk drawn by Seth Hunt. The Bears
quickly answered in the sixth when Cameron Wilkerson singled in Charlie Brown to take back
the lead 6-5. In the top of the sixth the Bears would tack on another one with Jacob Jennings’
sacrifice fly to score Logan Hayes. In the top of the seventh Juan Landers doubled in Gavan
Rupe before Cameron Wilkerson singled in Landers to extend the lead to 9-5. The deficit would
prove to be too much as the Bears handed the Copperheads their first loss of the season.
Gavan Rupe was the star of the game going 2 for 3 with an RBI and two runs. He proved
to be the driving force for the Bears’ offense by getting on base for the guys behind him the
drive him in. The Bears (2-3) faceoff against the Cougars (1-5) at Seymour High School on
Tuesday night. The Copperheads (5-1) faceoff against the Eagles (3-2) at Jefferson County High School.

Cougars Get Their First Victory

Monday night kicked off week 3 of the Smokey Mountain League as one team continues to look for win number one. The Cougars have been kept out of the win column for the early start to the season and despite the pitching staffs valiant efforts the offense just hasn’t gotten things done. While on the other side, the Eagles are currently in second place with one loss on the season and looking to continue their strong start. The Cougars sent out Tony Curry as the Eagles countered with Will Heflin. 

 

The Volunteer started the game off hot allowing only four hits through the first four innings of work, but problems arose behind him. After a walk and two errors in the infield the Eagles saw their early one run lead fall fast as they were now staring at a three run deficit. Heflin would go on the end the inning allowing only two earned runs but four total. 

 

Curry struggled early but settled down to end up leaving his team in a great position they were fairly new to. Curry went five strong innings while only allowing one earned run in his outing. After handing off the game to the bullpen the Cougars staff looked to put up two zeros that they had been searching for all year. 

 

In the bottom of the 6th inning Ethan Goforth would beat our a fielders choice ground ball to keep the inning alive. He would take advantage of a passed ball and also steal third to get himself in scoring position. Bryce Hodge did the rest, Hodge sent a no doubt moonshot over the left field wall to bring the Eagles within one run and keep the Cougars from their first victory. 

 

The Cougars couldn’t add an insurance run, but with a one run lead finally got their first 1-2-3 inning of the day effectively winning game number 1. Coach Carter was doused with water as the Cougars finally got to celebrate on the road. 

 

Tony Curry took home Player of the game honors as he pitched five innings while only giving up one run and keeping his guys in a close manageable game. 

 

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Eagle Win Again

Thursday night the Bears and Eagles matched up at Jefferson County High School. The
Bears were looking to start a winning trend after they got their first win Tuesday night.
Meanwhile the Eagles were looking to redeem their first loss of the season. In their last
matchup the Eagles defeated the Bears 14-5, but this game would go very differently. The
Eagles got the scoring going in the bottom of the first when Killian Daughtry scored on a single
to right giving the Eagles the 1-0 lead. The Bears would attempt to answer in the top of the
second but that was quickly shut down when Palmer Taylor threw a bullet to home to throw
out Mark Treadway to end the inning. The Bears would eventually tie it up in the third when
Deric Graham scored on a sacrifice fly. The Eagles would have a chance to take the lead in the
bottom of the third when they had the bases loaded with one out, but the Bears would escape
the jam by turning a 5-2-3 double play to end the inning still tied. The Eagles would eventually
take the lead in the bottom of the fourth when Andrews hit a lead-off solo homerun to take the
lead. The Eagles would not look back. Their pitching continued to shut down the Bears offense,
while the Eagles offense added an insurance run on a Bryce Hodge fielder’s choice. The Eagles
would hold on to win 3-1.
Andrews was the star of the game with his homerun giving the Eagles the lead they
needed to defeat the Bears. The Eagles (3-1) next matchup is on Monday against the Cougars
(0-5) at Jefferson County. The Bears (1-3) matchup with the Copperheads (5-0) at Knox Catholic.  

Perfect Way to End the Week

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Thursday night featured a perfect baseball night between the Cougars and the Copperheads in Knoxville. Entering the game the Copperheads featured and undefeated record, while the Cougars we’re still looking for a win number one. The matchup featured Bryce Woody vs. red hot Jordan Davis. 

 

As we started our first nine inning game of the year with Woody and Davis rolling through both line-ups with ease. We went through four scoreless innings without any offense really being productive at all. This all changed in the fifth inning from the bats of Cade Gilbert, Cameron Payne, Brent Richey, and Jerry Hammonds. These Copperheads helped lunge their team into a commanding three run lead and how the game was going you would think that would have been enough.

 

In the seventh inning Chris Caldwell, Luke Shepard, and Cade Davis would put the Cougar lineup on their back and get within one run. Coach Carter could be heard in the dugout assuring his team that was their “best inning of the season”. The bats would fall silent as the Cougars would not score again leaving them winless on the road again.

 

The Copperheads heads had many bright spots however Cade Gilbert on the base paths and Brent Richey hitting a sac fly that scored Dom Leo effectively icing the game. There was no brighter spot than the Copperheads pitching staff. Despite one shaky inning Jordan Davis, Cameron Bloebaum, and Greg Tye proved again that they are one of the best bullpens in the Smokey Mountain league. 

 

Jordan Davis once again takes home Player of the Game honors as he tossed 5 scoreless innings with 2 hits, 2 walks, and 6 strikeouts. Davis once again put his team in a great situation to win the game and ultimately hand off the master piece to the solid bullpen. “Pitching to both sides of the plate and effectively using my off speed. Just being able to have fun and playing hard no matter the score” said Davis.

 

Catch these two teams back in action Monday night and get all the Smokey Mountain league news on our website netelitebaseball.com. Find the articles and much more under the collegiate league tab.