Copperheads sneak out of Jefferson City with a win
Tuesday night was an eventful one for the Smokey Mountain baseball league as the Copperheads traveled to Jefferson City to take on the Eagles. It’s the Eagles first home game and they looked to continue their hot streak by sending Will Heflin out on the mound. The Copperheads countered with Richard Jackson as they looked to stay undefeated as well.
Seth Hunt, Dom Leo, and Cade Gilbert tagged Heflin early by getting back to back base hits and a triple to start the game. After a four run first Heflin settled in and held the Copperheads scoreless for three more innings of work. He would hand the game off to Logan Hogburn and Austin Collins who would combine for three more scoreless innings and four strikeouts.
The Eagles offense took a while to wake up the bats but after falling down by four early it was extremely impressive to see a group fight back they way their hitters did. After being no hit for four innings the Eagles made the most of their next nine outs. They left six men on base and the bases loaded in the 6th which would ultimately come back to bite them. The entire lineup found ways to put their team in a scoring position but the Copperhead pitching staff chose the right day to be lights out.
After Richard Jackson left the game with a no hitter intact Greg Valentine would get his team to the sixth and Greg Tye would enter and strike out two Eagles with the base loaded and with a one run lead. Brock Beeler would come in the 7th and close the game out in 1-2-3 fashion and seal the 4-0 start on the year.
The match of the undefeated’s was ultimately a great game to see this early in the season and there is no doubt it will be a game to watch as the season continues. Pitching has been the brightest spot for the majority of the season so look to see even better match ups when the bats start to wake up.
Richard Jackson took home Player of the Game honors as he threw 4 no hit innings with 5 strike outs and only giving up one walk. He has continued to shine when his team needs him and there is no doubt we will continue to see the same as his team progresses and bonds as the Smokey Mountain league continues.
Catch both teams back in action Thursday night in Jefferson City and Knoxville Catholic.