Smoky’s Hooper shuts out first place Mountaineers
SYLVA — The WNC Athletic Conference-leading Tuscola varsity baseball team blinked in Friday afternoon’s road matinee with two marquee lefties opposing each other.
However, only one lefty finished the game.
Smoky Mountain’s Cole Hooper threw a masterful, two-hit, complete-game shutout to earn the win as the Mustangs thumped the Mountaineers, 12-0.
Tuscola’s Nick Worrell was tagged with the loss as he lasted just 2.1 innings, gave up three hits, allowed eight runs (seven earned) and walked six.
The loss creates a three-way tie for first place in the WNCAC between the Mountaineers (7-3, 6-2), Franklin (10-2, 6-2) and Pisgah (9-4, 6-2). Smoky improved to 5-3 in the conference and 6-5 overall.
Tuscola 11, Smoky Mountain 0
SLYVA — Junior pitcher Melo Hannah tossed a brilliant one-hit shutout and led the Tuscola varsity softball team past Smoky Mountain in a six inning, mercy-rule 11-0 victory.
Hannah also did plenty of damage at the plate, finishing with three hits, including her third homer of the season and drove in four runs.
The Mountaineers improved to 6-3 overall and 5-2 in the WNCAC.
For Tuscola, Savannah Buchanan (RBI) had four hits, Sarah Arrington (2 2B, 2RBI) had three hits each, Madison Brooks, Faith Robinson and McKenna Keeling had one hit each.