The Smoky Mountain Mustangs biggest challenge in Franklin on Friday was not the Franklin Panthers baseball team the biggest opponent turned out to be the wind. Taking nothing away from the Panthers starting pitcher Hayden Price but the Mustangs Trevor Lewis, James Hinson, and Parker Williamson hit the ball hard only to have the wind keep the ball in play in time for the Panthers Center Fielder Tyler Harrison to get footing at the outfield fence and grab four well hit balls which would normally be out of the park. Williamson’s hit with two out in the bottom of the top of the seventh with one on would have likely been the game winner except the win blew the back back into play. The hit by Williamson simply crushed the ball… no other ball was hit as hard as Parker’s contact with the pitch.
The Mustangs pitcher Cole Hooper pitched a no hitter for 6 and 2/3 innings With two out in the bottom of the seventh the end of Tyler Harrison’s bat made just enough contact to lift the ball just beyond first base which ended Hooper’s no-hitter. Harrison was followed by Bryson Burt who also smacked a single into right field. With runners at first and second Rion Kussow got enough elevation on a ball to get carried by the wind into right field which in normal circumstances could have been latched onto by either the second baseman, center fielder or the right fielder, however under the windy conditions neither was able to reach the ball and with two out Harrison was sprinting from second base to cross home plate and earn the win for the Panthers who start this season at 5 and 0.
The Mustangs JV’s got a 5 to 3 win over the Panthers.