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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