Murphy bests the Yellow Jackets
By Travis Dockery
Editor / 389 Country
Hayesville High School's varsity baseball team made the short drive into Cherokee County on Tuesday, May 3, to face the rival Murphy Bulldogs. Consistent scoring by Murphy led to the Yellow Jackets third loss by the final score of 15-5.
Things started out on a positive note with Hayesville scoring a run in the top of the first inning and keeping the Bulldogs off of the scoreboard. Things changed in the bottom of the second when Murphy plated a pair of runs to take a 2-1 lead.
The back-and-forth continued in the third when Hayesville regained the lead with 2 runs in their half of the inning. A pair of runs for the Bulldogs in the bottom of the inning put Murphy back on top 4-3.
A scoreless pair of innings followed for the Jackets as Hayesville failed to generate runs in the fourth and fifth innings. It was a different story for Murphy as the Bulldogs added 2 in the fourth and 4 in the fifth to extend their lead to 10-3.
In the sixth inning, the Jackets rallied for 2 runs to close the gap to 10-5 before Murphy could record three outs. It was all for naught though because the Bulldogs had a 5-run performance in their half of the inning which enacted the 10-run rule and ended the game.
Hayesville will get another shot at the Bulldogs on Thursday, May 5, in the final regular season game. It will be a home game for the Jackets and first pitch is set for 4:30 p.m.