Barolet throws no-hitter in win over Hiwassee Dam
The Hayesville Yellow Jacket baseball team faced-off with two Smoky Mountain Conference opponents in the final week of the regular season. Hayesville traveled to Hiwassee Dam for a showdown with the Eagles. The Yellow Jackets came away with a win by the slimmest of margins, 1-0. The offense was more productive at home on Thursday, May 5 when Hayesville topped Robbinsville by the final of 7-1.
To say Hayesville’s game against Hiwassee Dam was a pitching duel would be an understatement. A total of four hits were scattered throughout the game and all of those came from Yellow Jacket bats. Sophomore pitcher Nathan Barolet was dominant for the Jackets from the mound. Barolet had a complete game giving up no hits, one walk, no runs with 11 strikeouts.
Hayesville’s offense was lackluster but the Jackets managed to scrap together a late-game rally good enough to win. After five innings of a scoreless game, Hayesville broke through in the sixth when sophomore Brian Voight brought junior Kyle Rhinehardt home with a sacrifice fly. Thanks to Barolet’s pitching performance, the lone run was enough to give Hayesville the win.
Jacket Nation filled the bleachers to witness the final regular season game to be played at D. Scott Penland field this season which was against Robbinsville. Senior Tyler McClure got the call to start the game for Hayesville from the mound. McClure kept the Black Knights scoreless through four innings and recorded six strikeouts before fellow senior Tyler Leek came on in relief.