Bears ‘mash’ Erwin, but stumble against East EaglesDespite loss to East Henderson, Pisgah tied for second with Mustangs
CANTON — Just 10 days ago, the Pisgah varsity baseball team lost a game it should have won to cellar-dweller North Henderson, 4-3, at the Charles Thomas Wells Complex.
Fast forward to Friday, when the Black Bears (6-6, 5-3 WNCAC) once again let one get away they should have won, losing a slugfest to visiting East Henderson, 12-11, in a WNC Athletic Conference game at the “Wells.”
The two teams combined to score 23 runs and belted out 28 hits.
Friday’s loss to the East Eagles, which improved to 4-4 in the WNCAC and 8-8 overall, dropped Pisgah into a tie for second with Smoky Mountain (8-6, 5-3 WNCAC). The Black Bears should be on high-alert as they play at last place Franklin Tuesday night.
Senior Garrett Holland started for Pisgah and left after five innings with his Black Bears leading 6-5. But Trevor Bailey couldn’t hold off the Eagles, which scored three in the sixth and four in the seventh.
Trailing 8-7 in the bottom of the sixth, Pisgah tied the game when Holt Underwood hit into fielder’s choice and then took a 10-8 lead when sophomore infielder Trevor Johnson crushed a two-RBI double off the right-centerfield wall.
But East Henderson, which finished with 16 hits, rallied and scored three runs before Pisgah could record the frame’s first out.
Pisgah came into the game feeling good about its chances against the Eagles, especially after clubbing Erwin, 11-2, the day before in a non-conference win.
In that game with the Warriors, sophomore Thomas Tatham was near flawless in relief and the Black Bears’ bats clubbed 13 hits, including a grand slam by sophomore Mason Fox in the third inning.
Tatham, who came in for Underwood, went the final four innings to get the win. The lanky righthander allowed no runs, one single, struck out four Warriors and walked two.
By the rule of baseball, a starting pitcher has to pitch five complete innings to get the win, providing his team in leading and maintains the lead. Underwood started and left after only three innings of work on the mound with Pisgah leading 10-2.
Erwin got a run in the first and one in the second. Pisgah scored five runs in the second, five in the third and one in the fourth inning. Trey Goodlett led the Black Bears’ nine-hit attack with three hits, while Fox finished with two hits and drove in five runs. Sophomore Nathan Summey, Underwood and senior Corey Valentine finished 1-for-2 each.