Brown, Voight help ground Eagles
The Hayesville Yellow Jackets were prepared to do battle with Cherokee and Hiwassee Dam, but Mother Nature had other plans. Due to rains earlier in the week, Cherokee's field was unfit for play and the game was postponed.
However, when Hayesville hosted Hiwassee Dam, it was a "Chamber of Commerce" day at D. Scott Penland field. The Jackets made the day even better by blanking the Eagles 10-0.
Hayesville hurler Tyler McClure set the tone early from the mound. Eagle batters had a hard time even putting the bat on the ball in the first inning.
The Jackets were able to put a run on the board in the first inning when Brian Voight hit a liner down the third base line to bring in Braxton Cox.
Voight would go on to collect two more hits and a total of 3 RBIs. Hayesville would then add 2 more runs in the fourth inning and a single run in the fifth.
Hayesville's half of the sixth inning proved to be the final push to put the game out of reach and the mercy rule was applied.
Jacket batters put together a rally and pushed 6 more runs across the plate to bring the score to 10-0.
While Voight had a stellar day at the plate, one Yellow Jacket was able to match that performance. Junior Cory Brown went 3-4 and brought home 3 runs.
Brown also added a stolen base to his stats.
The dominance McClure established from the mound in the first inning continued throughout the rest of the game.
McClure faced 21 batters, giving up no runs, two hits, one walk while striking out nine Eagles.
The win improved the Yellow Jackets’ record to 3-1 and placed them in a tie with Murphy for second place in the Smoky Mountain Conference. Hayesville is just a game and a half behind the Rosman Tigers at press time.