Copperheads started off with a pair of victories Led by its timely base running and pitching, the Copperheads handled the Cougars on Thursday evenings doubleheader by scores of 6-2 and 1-0 at Knoxville Catholic high school.
In Game 1 we saw a matchup of Bryce Woody (Cougars) vs. Jordan Davis (Copperheads). Davis worked fast as he pitched 2 innings, but it was his start that helped settle his team. “Run support is always a great thing to have. It makes a difference in the way you approach each inning. It allows you to breathe and settle in.”
The run support mentioned came from a lead off home run from Seth Hunt and 5 straight hits from the Copperhead offense.
Both teams took advantage of the playing conditions by taking extra bases and turning singles into extra base hits. The Copperhead offense tallied 6 extra bases while the Cougars advanced on 8 free bases.
The Copperhead offense, which was led by Seth Hunt, Jackson Jordan, Cade Gilbert, Cameron Payne, and Dom Leo helped jump to an early led the Cougars could never catch up to. Greg Valentine (Copperheads) would come in to close the door after pitching two innings and racking up a couple strikeouts.
In game two we saw a different story as Tony Curry (Cougars) and Richard Jackson (Copperheads) decided to get into a pitchers dual. Both men would go on to pitch two innings while allowing only one base runner a piece.
The Copperheads would ultimately break the tie in the bottoms of the fourth by getting guys on and taking advantage of mistakes made by the Cougars infield. Jordan Payne would score on a throwing error and Buxton Dieckhause would come on to close the game securing the sweep for the Copperheads.
The bright spot in game two was the lights out bullpen the Copperheads had to offer. Cameron Bloebaum, Greg Tye, and Dieckhause were lights out as they tallied 4 strikeouts and 0 runs on the day.
It was a tough start for the Cougars who look to bounce back against the Eagles at 6:00 p.m. at Seymour High school. While the red hot Copperheads look to keep things going against the Bears at Sevier County.
“The team is getting along well for being the first time we have met and we are a very talented team so I would look forward to some great baseball all summer” says the Copperheads own Jordan Davis. We all look forward to some great baseball being played here in the Smokey Mountain Collegiate League this summer and make sure to catch your favorite teams this season.
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