The Hayesville Yellow Jackets traveled to Swain on Friday to take on the Maroon Devils. Swain and Hayesville both were undefeated 2-0 coming into the game. Making it an important early-season matchup. A team effort hitting the ball and a great performance on the mound by Jeremy Stewart led to a Yellow Jacket win. The Yellow Jackets move to 3-0 on the season staying at the top of the conference.
The game started off with a literal bang in Swain as Hayesville leadoff hitter Connor Bradley hit a home run to start the game. This gave the offense a little jet fuel to start the game as Hayesville put across four more runs in the inning. This gave the Yellow Jackets a 5-0 lead before Swain ever had their first chance at the plate. Jeremy Stewart retired the first runner but allowed the second hitter on base. He quickly took care of it though striking out the next two batters to end the inning.
Hayesville got another run to increase their lead in the 2nd inning thanks to a Clayton Vandiver RBI to score Connor Bradley. Then at the bottom of the inning, Stewart struck out the first batter he saw. Allowed the second runner on but two quick ground outs kept Swain from scoring.
In the top of the inning, Hayesville got some good production out of the bottom of their lineup. As Cade Denton, Eli Roberts, and Dakota Matheson all scored in the inning. Swain did put across a run in this inning with a leadoff walk that came around to score. Hayesville would take a commanding 9-1 lead into the fourth inning.
Hayesville would score their last run of the game in the fourth inning. Kyle Lunsford singled to start off the inning then scored a sacrifice fly by Eli Roberts. In the bottom of the inning, Swain did get two runners. With two strikeouts in the inning though Stewart kept them off the board.
Hayesville’s only offensive action was a Kyle Lunsford single but did not score in the inning. Stewart pitched in and out of trouble again in the inning but did not allow the Maroon Devils to score.
Hayesville went down 1-2-3 in the top of the inning. Yet the offensive damage had already been done in the game with the Yellow Jackets leading 10-1. Stewart pitched his first 1-2-3 inning in the game to keep Swains hopes of a comeback still out of reach.
Hayesville’s offense loaded the bases but couldn’t get anything across has a strikeout and a ground out ended their inning. Clayton Vandiver came on the pitch at the bottom of the 7th. He did walk one batter but also had a strikeout and didn’t allow a run in the inning.
Hayesville would go on to win 10-1 and stay undefeated.
Hayesville Notable Stats:
Jeremy Stewart: 6 innings pitched, 3 hits, 1 BB, 1 ER, 7 K’s, 2 hits batting, 1R, 2RBI’s
Clayton Vandiver: 1 inning pitched, 1BB, 1KK, 2 hits batting, 1R, 1RBI, 1 double
Kyle Lunsford: 2 hits batting, 2 R’s, 2RBI’s
Connor Bradley: 2 hits batting, 1 HR, 1DB, 2R’s, 1R
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