Eagles Make It Season Sweep With 5-3 Win – Rosman NC
Last updated 4/27/2015 at 10:02am
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).