Mountaineers back in first placeTatham’s ballclub jumps back into WNCAC race after beating Knights
Senior left-handed pitcher Nick Worrell got the Tuscola varsity baseball team back in first place in the WNC Athletic Conference with another solid pitching performance against visiting North Henderson.
The Mountaineers scored five runs in the bottom of the first and Worrell delivered a 10-strikeout, four-hit gem en route to a 7-1 victory over the Knights Tuesday night at Tuscola Ballpark.
Tuscola (8-4 overall) improved to 7-3 in the WNCAC and with Smoky Mountain beating Franklin, 3-2, manager Bergin Tatham’s ballclub jumped back into a three-way tie for first place with the Mustangs and the Panthers.
At the plate, Worrell had a double and a single in three official at bats, while sophomore Landon Henley ripped an RBI single and senior Brady Myers had an RBI double.
Tuscola travles to Arden on Saturday for a 3 p.m. non-conference game at Christ School. The Mountaineers will host Erwin (7 p.m.) in another non-conference game on Monday and rival Pisgah in a WNCAC showdown on Tuesday, April 25.
A five run fifth gave the Tuscola varsity softball team some breathing room in a tight WNCAC game Tuesday night and helped the Mountaineers to a 10-5 win over hapless North Henderson.
Leading 5-3 entering the bottom of the fifth, Tuscola jumped all over the Knights’ starting pitcher Holly Hill. Junior pitcher Melo Hannah earned the win from inside the circle, hurling 6.1 innings, struck out seven, walked five and allowed five runs. Junior Jordan Kielson closed the door with a pair of strikeouts in the seventh.
The Mountaineers improved to 7-4 overall and 6-3 in the WNCAC. The Knights of Edneyville dropped to 1-15 overall and 0-10 in conference play.
At the plate for Tuscola, junior Heather Carver (3 R, RBI) and junior Gabi Wyatt (2 R, 2 RBI) had two hits each, while Hannah (2 RBI ), Kielson, junior Madison Brooks and junior Sarah Arrington had one hit each.
Tuscola will host Pisgah at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, April 25.
In the JV softball game, Tuscola defeated the junior Knights, 10-3.