Games Are Starting To Heat Up

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.

Eagles Win On The Road - June 4th

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. 

Copperheads Improve to 4-0

The Bears and Cougars matched up at Seymour High School on Tuesday night in a battle
of the winless. With the Bears at 0-2 and the Cougars at 0-3, both teams are desperate for their
first win. The Bears struck first when Charlie Brown drove in Dalton Cornett with a sacrifice fly
in the top of the first. The Cougars would answer in the bottom of the first when Tyler
Thompson scored on a wild pitch tying the game at one. The score would not stay tied for long
after the Bears added on another run with Charlie Brown’s second sacrifice fly of the day giving
the Bears a 2-1 lead. Later that inning, Gavan Rupe would score on a wild pitch to extend the
Bears’ lead to 3-1. The Cougars would be unable to answer in the bottom of the second. Both
offenses went stagnant until the Bears would add on two more sacrifice flies in the sixth to
extend the lead to 5-1. The deficit would prove to be too much for Cougars as the Bears locked
up their first win of the season improving to 1-2. The Cougars fall to 0-4 on the season still
looking for their first win.
The star of the game was the Bears’ Charlie Brown whose two sacrifice flies gave the
Bears the lead and they never looked back. Putting together Good at-bat after good at-bat to
put this one out of reach. The pitching trio of Peyton Green, Logan Hayes, and Ethan Walls shut
down the cougars only allowing the one run giving the pitching staff a case for star of the game
as a whole, but Charlie Brown takes the cake with his two RBI’s.
The Bears (1-2) match up with the Eagles (2-1) at Jefferson County High School on
Thursday. The Cougars (0-4) match up with the undefeated Copperheads (4-0)

June 5th Copperheads Win Again

On Monday night the Smoky Mountain Bears and the Smoky Mountain Copperheads
matched up at Sevier County High School. The Copperheads coming off of a sweep of their
double header Thursday, were looking to continue their hot start to the season. Meanwhile, the
Bears were looking for their first win of the season. Pitching and defense was the story for this
game. After Giving up ten runs in two innings on Thursday, the Bears started this game with
two scoreless innings. They also got their first lead of the year when Cody Hutcherson hit an
infield single to drive in Eric Hart to make the score 1-0 Bears. The Copperheads answered in
the top of the Third when Brent Richey hit a double to drive in two runs making the score 2-1
Copperheads. The Bears were unable to answer in the bottom of the third, but a 1-2-3 inning in
the top of the third set up Christian Nave’s game-tying homerun in the bottom of the fourth.
Neither team would score in the fifth. In the top of the sixth the Copperheads would string
together a couple of hits and a couple of walks to take the lead 4-2. The bears were unable to
answer in the bottom of the sixth and were unable to make a last inning comeback as the
Copperheads take this one 4-2. The Copperheads improve to 3-0 on the season. The Bears fall
to 0-2.
The star of the game was the Copperheads’ Brent Richey. His two-run double would
prove to be crucial to the outcome of the game, along with a single to get the bats going in the
top of the sixth.
The Copperheads (3-0) will face the Eagles (2-0) at Jefferson County High School at 6:00
pm on Tuesday. The Bears (0-2) will face the Cougars (0-3) at Seymour High School at 6:00PM Tomorrow.

Copperheads Take Two On Opening Night

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. 


For more information as well as schedules and rosters you can find them all at under the collegiate league tab. 

Eagle Blow Out Bears Opening Night

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.

Schedule Is Released!


The Schedule was released two weeks ago and can be found on the website!  We have an exciting 23-25 game schedule for the Smokey Mountain Collegiate League!  With first year head coaches including : Caleb Moore, Travis Hart, Zack Long, and Matthew Carter we are very excited at the outcome and level of talent we will be displaying on the field in the first year collegiate league.  As the season gets closer we will be eager to see where we will be team wise.  "This is a great thing for this area," states Tom Griffin, "gives our kids and many of the other local talent kids around here a place to play.  For so long there are not good leagues close by that will take you without stats.  So this league will be for kids to give them a change to play and excel.  We are eager for the league and years to come." 

Welcome Letter

NET Elite Baseball is pleased to announce our new Smoky Mountain NET Elite Collegiate Baseball League.

This represents an exciting new opportunity for collegiate baseball players across the region to sharpen their skills during the offseason. Eligible players for the collegiate league include anyone currently playing college baseball, up to and including just-graduated seniors.

While summer leagues are rather commonplace for collegiate players, these leagues have been hard to find in or near East Tennessee. Carson-Newman baseball coach Tom Griffin recognized the need from his own challenges getting players in his program into collegiate summer leagues and has joined with other colleges and universities to form this league. NET Elite Baseball will serve as governing commissioner of the league.

In fact, this will become the only collegiate baseball league inside the state of Tennessee, making this a new and needed option for collegiate players based in East Tennessee, Eastern Kentucky, Southwest Virginia and even West Virginia. 

Play tentatively is scheduled to begin near Memorial Day weekend. Each team in the league will have 20 to 25 players, and the schedule will consist of 24 to 26 games with a championship game to take place after the regular-season schedule concludes. Games will be played on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday evenings. Players participating in the league also will have the option to work summer jobs in the Sevierville, Pigeon Forge and/or Gatlinburg area. Coaches will include current and former college players or coaches.

Cost of the league is $500 per player, which includes shirts, hats and all game fees. Any travel, lodging, or food costs incurred are not included in the league fee, and are the responsibility of the players.

For more information, visit NET Elite has been running youth tournaments for the past several years, providing a showcase for athlete seeking opportunities at the collegiate and/or professional levels.

Welcome- Welcome to the Smokey Mountain NET Elite Collegiate League


We have an exciting new opportunity hitting the Jefferson City, Sevierville, and Knoxville area in 2018 summer. Starting in 2018 we present the new Smokey Mountain NET Elite Collegiate Baseball League.  This league will be made up of graduated seniors and anyone playing college baseball.  There isn’t any collegiate leagues in the state of Tennessee and many college programs around East Tennessee up to Kentucky, Virginia, and West Tennessee do not have an option to play in the Summer unless they are able to go off to one of these other bigger leagues across country and many of those leagues are not taking young college baseball players. 

Tom Griffen (Head Baseball Coach of Carson Newman) has had problems for years getting his guys into collegiate summer leagues   and decided with help of others to start this collegiate league in East Tennessee area.  The league will have 20-25 players per a team and will start right after Memorial Day! The league will consist about a 24-26 game schedule including a Championship game after the season over.  The league will be coached by current and former college players or coaches and will be played Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday nights.  The league will also offer jobs in the Sevierville, Pigeon Forge, or Gatlinburg area if the athlete chooses to want to work some.  The league is for competitive summer league collegiate league for local and out of town college baseball players to play in to get reps, better themselves, and be able to work.  The cost of the league is $500 a player which will include shirts, hats, and all there game fees.  The player is on their own for travel, eating, or spending the night if he so chooses.  We will have a contract for the player to sign.