Thursday night was opening day for the Net Elite Smoky Mountain Collegiate League.
The Bears and the Eagles were at Sevier County to play a doubleheader. Game one started off
quick for the Eagles. After the bases were loaded by walks, an error by Bears third baseman
Mark Treadway brought in two runs. Tucker Cain followed that up with a sacrifice fly driving in
another run. Dawson Martin then singled to right driving Bryce Hodge.
The Eagles would add one more on an error by Bears second baseman John Sharpe before the end of the inning. The Bears would be held scoreless in the bottom of the first. In the top of the second the Eagles would get their first two batters on base leading to a three-run homerun to center field by Ethan Goforth. Bryce Hodge would follow that up with a double and later advance to third on a wild pitch. Tucker Cain would then hit his second sacrifice fly of the night to drive in Hodge. Justin Vaden walked to get on base before scoring on Palmer Taylor’s single to right. The Bears would answer in the bottom of the second when John Sharpe singled to right driving in
Christian Nave. That would be all the Bears would get in the second as the score was 10-1
Peyton Green would hold the Eagles scoreless in the top of the third. The Bears would
load the bases on walks before Christian Nave would also walk bringing in Christian Nave.
Charlie Brown would later score on a wild pitch before Cody Hutcherson singled in two runs,
making the score 10-5 Eagles. In the top of the fourth the Eagles would start off with a hit by
pitch and a double before Dawson Martin would hit a sacrifice fly to drive in Killian Daughtry.
Later, Tucker Mendenhall would walk driving in Tucker Cain. Micah Genter would eventually
ground out to first, which scored Justin Vaden. The Bears were held scoreless in the bottom of
the fourth. In the top of the fifth the Eagles strung together a couple of hits and a walk to loadthe bases before Dawson Martin took a hit by pitch to drive in Bryce Hodge. The final score of game one would be 14-5 Eagles.
Due to incoming weather game two would start right away, but the game only made it
to the bottom of the first before it was cancelled. Bryce Hodge drove in Micah Genter on a
ground out to first in the top of the first for the Eagles. In the bottom of the first Mark
Treadway would score on a wild pitch making the score 1-1. The game would be called during
the next batter.
The star of the game would be Ethan Goforth. He went 2 for 4 with a single and a three-
run homerun in game one. His homerun set the tone for the Eagles as they would go on to blow out the Bears on opening day.