Pisgah start 5-0 on the diamonds
CANTON -— On the diamonds, the Pisgah varsity softball and baseball teams have been operating at less than full capacity due to a pair of deep runs on the court in the state 3-A basketball playoffs.
However, the partial crews of both squads have not seen any negative effects in the outcome of their games, combining for a 5-0 start to the 2014 season.
In baseball, manager Harold Shepard’ club is off to a 3-0 start, beating Owen (5-3) and ruling Robbinsville twice (12-1, 12-0).
While in softball, head coach Cyrena Goodwin’s Black Bears defeated T.C. Roberson, 1-0, in nine exciting innings and whacked Swain County, 10-1, to jump out to a 2-0 start.
Picking up a win on the mound in the Black Bears’ 12-0 win against the War Horses was senior righthander Holt Underwood, who went 4.2 frames, gave up 10 hits and had four strikeouts. To help his own cause at the plate, he had two hits, including a double, and two RBI.
Senior Nathan Summey (double) and junior Masox Fox (double, RBI).
In one of the two wins at home against the Black Knights, a nine-run first inning set the tone and gave lefty Brice Burgess a comfortable cushion to settle in and toss a one hitter.
Burgess went three innings and had two strikeouts to pick up his first win on the mound for Pisgah.
Leading the Black Bears at the plate was junior Trevor Johnson, who had two hits, including a double, and drove in a run. Underwood (2B, 2 RBI) and Lucas Hall (RBI) had a hit for Pisgah.
In the off season, Pisgah pitcher Callie Kuykendall put herself through a grueling workout program.
It has shown in the early stages of the season.
From inside the circle, Kuykendall struck out eight Rams in her four-hit, nine-inning gem and she had 13 strikeouts and allowed just three hits in the win against the Maroon Devils.
She has also been equally impressive at the plate. Kuykendall drive in the game-winning run in the 1-0 victory against TCR in the bottom of the ninth with a walk-off double and drove in two runs on three hits, including a pair of doubles and a triple, against Swain County.
Mandalin Blanton (2B, 2 RBI) and Alex Litrico (2 RBI) had two hits each in the win over the Maroon Devils.
SKYLAND — In the early stages of the second half, a goal by Cassidy Pate-Moore at the 51:55 mark gave the Tuscola varsity girls soccer team a 1-0 lead.
But the lead did not last long.
Less than 17 minutes later, T.C. Roberson scored three straights goals in a four-minute span (74:35; 77:44, 78:31) to defeat the Mountaineers, 3-1.
Tuscola dropped to 1-2-0 on the young season and the Rams improved to 2-1-0.
TCR finished with a 21-13 advantage in shots on goal, while Tuscola goalkeeper Abby Coulter made 10 saves.