Swain pitching too much for Yellow Jackets
Photo by Travis Dockery / 389 Country
Braxton Cherry fires to home under clear skies as Hayesville takes on Swain County.
By Travis Dockery
A battle for first place in the Smoky Mountain Conference took place in Hayesville on Thursday, April 28 as the Swain County Maroon Devils paid a visit to the Yellow Jackets. When the dust settled and the final out was called, Hayesville's hopes of repeating as conference champions to a major hit thanks to a 10-4 loss.
The Jackets lit up the scoreboard first with a run in the bottom of the opening inning. That 1-0 lead held until the top of the second when Swain took the lead with a pair of runs. In the fourth, the Devils doubled their previous inning output with 4 runs to grow their lead to 6-1.
Runs kept coming for Swain with 2 in the fifth and 2 more in the sixth which put the home Yellow Jackets in a 10-1 hole. Down the their final three outs, Hayesville took their turn in the batter's box.
The Jackets managed to scatter hits around the field and load the bases. Avery Leatherwood slapped a pitch into a gap in center field which kept Hayesville's hopes alive. Fans cheered as the Jackets plated 3 runs in the inning, but the rally ran out of steam and Swain came away with the 10-4 victory.
Hayesville will try to rebound Friday, April 29 in Cherokee. The Braves have an overall record of 3-12 and could be the perfect opponent Yellow Jacket team looking to get back in the win column.