Kerslake solid in loss to Smoky MountainMustangs’ Thompson hurls two hitter, Tuscola sinks to 5-9
Tuscola Manager Caleb McConnell thought senior left-handed pitcher Forrest Kerslake had his best performance on the mound.
However, Smoky Mountain lefty Mark Thompson was a little better as the lefty hurled a 116-pitch, complete-game, two hit gem as the Mustangs beat the Mountaineers, 6-1, in a WNC Athletic Conference game at Mountaineer Ballpark Monday night.
Kerslake, who suffered the loss, struck out five batters and gave up four hits in four innings on the mound.
Tuscola’s two hits were a standup double by Levi Duffield and a RBI bunt by Neil Peterson.
Smoky Mountain sophomore catcher Cal Raleigh drove in three runs with a pair of doubles and Thompson, who struck out seven batters, helped his own cause with a run-producing two-bagger.
Tuscola sunk to 2-4 in the conference and 5-9 overall, while the Mustangs, which are managed by former Pisgah standout Bradley Littrell, improved to 5-2 in the conference and 8-4.
In the JV game, Tuscola was shutout, 10-0, by the Mustangs.
The Mountaineers were at Franklin Tuesday night (no results were available at press time) and host the Erwin Warriors at 7 p.m. tonight from Mountaineer Ballpark.
In Saturday’s 14-1 win in five innings (10-run mercy rule) over Asheville, sophomore right-handed pitcher Zach Lennane went the distance for Tuscola to pick up the win. He scattered four hits and struck out five Cougars.
The Mountaineers scored two runs in the first, five in the second and seven in the top of the fifth.
Charles Worrell (3 RBI), Taylor Owens and freshman Noah Heatherly had two hits each for Tuscola. Lennane (3 RBI) had one hit and walked three times.