The Smoky Mountain High School Mustangs Baseball team broke open a 2 to 2 tie ballgame on Wednesday with a grand slam home run by Jacob Gass in the fifth inning to secure a 6 to 5 run win over Enka. The Mustangs had taken an early two to zero lead in the first off Enka’s pitcher Tanner Cunningham but were shut out for the next three innings. In the fifth the Mustangs were able to beat out a couple of hard hit grounders which the Enka defense was not able to make a play on and load the bases with two out. Batting in the clean-up spot Jacob Gass worked the count till he saw the pitch he liked then drove the ball over the left field fence for a grand slam giving the Mustangs a 6 to 2 point lead.
The Mustangs got sufficient pitching from Jack Ridenour for the first four innings who gave up two runs on four hits. He had three strikeouts, and three walks. For the second day in a row Chance Mull was called upon to close the game in long relief. Mull shut down Enka in order in the fifth. In the Enka’s share of the sixth a several passed balls and a throwing error in a pick off maneuver at third allowed an Enka run to score. Enka’s Bryson Buckner led off the sixth with a long home run to bring the jets back within two. Two Mustang errors allowed the Jets to get the tying runs on base before Tanner Cunningham grounded out to short stop Zebbie Matthews who threw a strike to Jack Ridenour who moved to cover first after he retired from the mound. The Mustangs were able to make the best of their five hits which included the grand slam and four other hits. The Mustangs will face Tuscola in Waynesville on Friday. The game coverage will commence around 6:40. The weather forecast is for a twenty percent chance of rain. So far the conditions have been perfect for baseball.
THE SOFTBALL team dropped two at Madison on Wednesday losing by scores of 1 to o and 8 to 2. The winning pitcher for the Patriots was Samantha Gosnell who gave up four huts no earned runs, eight strikeouts, and two walks in seven innings pitched. For the Mustangs Micayla McCoy gave up six hits, one earned run, seven strikeouts, and three walks and took the loss. In the second game Madisons Hannah Jennings went five innings giving up four hits, one earned run, three strikeouts, and one walk and took the win. Cody pitched for the Mustangs . She surrendered eleven hits, seven earned runs, two strikeouts, and one walk. Madison improved to four wins and no losses on the season while the Mustangs dropped to one and two. The next game will be a conference game on Friday at Tuscola.