Eagles handle the Cougars on the road
The Smokey Mountain league kicked off the second week of the season with a Monday night matchup between the visiting Eagles and the Cougars. Finally there was a dry summer day without a cloud in the sky and both teams took advantage of the perfect baseball weather.
The Eagles sent the young righty Tyler Shaver to the mound as the Cougars countered with Tony Curry. Shaver struggled to find the strike zone consistently early which led to two early runs from the Cougars. Singles from Ross and Shaw helped get the Cougars their first lead of the season.
Shaver would then settle in and retire 5 straight as his offense woke up behind him. “I felt pretty confident from the past game. Our team can hit really well and a solid defense so i knew we were gonna be okay if we can hold them by 2-3 runs. I was just trying to minimize baserunners and get outs when people were on base.” Micah Genter would then singled, Mendall was hit by Curry’s pitch, and three more base hits from Doughtry, Andrew, and Millwood solidified a lead the Cougars couldn’t surpass. Shaver would go on to work out of a bases loaded jam and hand the game off to the bullpen.
Austin Collins and Jacob Hanson combined for three scoreless innings as the Eagles soared on to a 5-2 win giving them an undefeated 2-0 record on the year.
The Cougars, on the other hand, have opened the season with a 0-3 record although they have been a competitor in all three. The Cougars look to right the ship against the Bears on Tuesday night while the Eagles look to stay on their win streak against the 3-0 Copperheads.
Tyler Shaver earned the Player of the Game honors as he led the Eagles with his solid performance on the mound. “We get along great. The team has a great atmosphere and i think later on we will truly see the strengths of our team and start clicking more as a whole unit.” We will l ok to see this as the season goes on in the Smokey Mountain collegiate league.