By: Lee Ramsey
After Mother Nature wreaked havoc with high school baseball last week, cancelling many games, the Seymour Sevier County rivalry finally continued a the Smoky Bear’s home field as Seymour took the win 6-2.
Even as good as the Eagles are, this year they couldn’t defeat Mother Nature the night before as the game at Seymour was rained out.
Sevier County was riding a 4 game (2 season) win streak when they threw out the first pitch. Although the Smoky Bears had not dominated in the previous games they did win; not this time.
Senior pitcher Chris McCarter led the Eagles on the mound holding the Bears to only 2 runs. The win gives the Eagles a 5-0 record in the IMAC conference and 9-2 overall losing only to Maryville and Bearden in the Blount County tournament.
Sevier County took the early lead as they got a leadoff home run in the second inning to give them a 1-0 lead.
The turning point in the ball game came in the top of the fourth with a 2 out six run rally.
With Ben Whisler and Tyler Crawford in scoring position Corey Todd smashed a 2 run single through the infield. After his 2 RBI’s Todd stole third and scored on a wild pitch to make it 3-1 Seymour.
Logan Jenkins walked, and then senior Cory Clark smashed a double moving Jenkins to third. After intentionally walking Cody fox, the bases were loaded with clean-up hitter Logan Sawyer up to bat.
The senior came through with a 2 run single to put Seymour up 5-1.
Outstanding junior Ben Whisler then added one more insurance run with an RBI single.
Sevier County followed with one more run in the bottom of the inning but that’s as close as they got.
“It’s another IMAC win. It’s us and Sevier County and every time you play and IMAC team no matter who it is, if you can get a ‘W’ out of it, we don’t care who it is,” Seymour Head Coach Scott Norman said.
Norman then went on to talk about his pitcher McCarter, “My pitcher did an outstanding job. Chris is one of those guys that’s come into the program and every year has gotten a little stronger. I’m really excited for him. He’s on e of those guys that’s come in and worked his tail off to become a good pitcher.”
This great rivalry will continue on April 30 at Seymour after the first game was rained out.
The Eagles were supposed to face Pigeon forge at Smokey Stadium but that game was rained out.
Seymour Baseball ends Sevier County Streak
By: Lee Ramsey