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By Robbie Robertson
Sports Editor 

Eagles Make It Season Sweep With 5-3 Win – Rosman NC


Last updated 4/27/2015 at 10:02am

Tiger shortstop Josh Rice throws over a prone Tanner Galloway for an out at first base Friday. (Times photos by Robbie Robertson)

Rosman spotted the visiting Eagles three runs in the top of the first and never recovered in a 6-4 loss to visiting Hiwassee Dam Friday afternoon in Smoky Mountain Conference baseball action.

The Tigers closed the gap to within one, 4-3 in the bottom of the third, but were handcuffed by efficient Eagle pitching in the final four innings.

A leadoff double, a walk, a double and a single gave the Eagles a 3-0 lead to open the game.

Rosman rallied with a run in the home half of the first, however.

Tyler Petit singled and moved to second on Dillon Zachary's single.

A passed ball advanced the runners into scoring position for Tanner Galloway, who hit a sacrifice fly to drive in Petit.

A hard ground ball was handled by the Hiwassee second baseman to end the inning.

The Eagles tacked on a run in the top of the third on a pair of hit batsmen and an error for a 4-1 Hiwassee Dam lead.

A two-run bottom of the third saw Rosman pull to within a run.

Rice led off with a double and took third on a wild pitch. He then scored on a single to left field by Zachary.

Deland Thomas came on to run for the pitcher, Zachary.

Galloway was hit by a pitch, moving Thomas to second.

Tanner Green then reached on a fielder's choice that got Galloway out at second, but moved Thomas to third.

Aaron Newman then singled to score Thomas, making it 4-3, Eagles.

The score stayed 4-3 until the top of the sixth, when Hiwassee added an insurance run.

A double, passed ball and a single scored Hiwassee's final run, 5-3.

The Tigers went down quietly in the bottom of the seventh on three strike-outs.

Zachary led Rosman at the plate with a 3-for-4 day, driving in a run.

Colton Holbrook, Newman, Petit and Rice had one hit apiece for the Tigers.

Hiwassee sits atop the Smoky Mountain Conference with a 10-0 league mark, 12-5 overall.

Murphy is in second, two games behind in the loss column at 10-2 (10-4 overall).

Hayesville is next at 8-3 with Rosman a half-game back at 8-4 in the league, 9-5 overall.

The Tigers have four league games remaining, at Robbinsville (April 28) and Cherokee (May 5) and at home against Andrews (May 1) and Hayesville (May 7).


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