The Hayesville Yellow Jackets traveled to Hiwassee Dam on Tuesday afternoon for their fourth straight conference road game. The Yellow Jacket offense was powered by four home runs on the day. Great pitching and defense by Hayesville only allowed four base runners all game by the Eagles. Hayesville would continue their undefeated streak winning 9-0.
Connor Bradley would get a base hit to start the game a part of his perfect 4-4 day at the plate. Jeremy Stewart would get on base as well. For the first time all year though, Hayesville would not score in the top of the first. Clayton Vandiver got his first start of the year on the mound a pitched a good first inning. He did all himself in the first inning as well with two strikeouts and a ground out back to him in the first inning.
In the second inning, Hayesville would get their offense started, Avery Leatherwood would lead off with a single. One batter later a good sacrifice bunt by Eli Roberts would move Leatherwood to second. Dakota Matheson would get on getting Hayesville back to the top of the order. Connor Bradley would do the rest launching a 3-run home run to give Hayesville their first lead. In the bottom of the inning, Vandiver would give his only hit of the game to the second batter of the inning. A flyout back to him and a strikeout would help him escape the inning unscathed.
Jeremy Stewart led off the inning with a homerun continuing his hot streak at the plate. That was the only scoring for Hayesville in the inning though giving them a 4-0 lead. Vandiver would pitch a perfect inning in the bottom of the inning striking out all three batters he faced.
Hayesville with the bottom of the order up would go down 1-2-3 in the top of the inning. Vandiver would pitch another 1-2-3 inning of his own though to keep the Eagles off the board.
Hayesville only with a 4-0 lead in a closer than expected game would explode in the fifth inning. Connor Bradley would single to start the inning followed up by Peyton Hunt getting hit by a pitch. Jeremy Stewart would clean up the base path by hitting a 3-run home run, his second homer of the game. Clayton Vandiver would make it back-to-back home runs hitting one of his own. All of a sudden Hayesville’s lead had jumped out to 8-0. Eli Roberts would come on to pitch the bottom of the inning. He would pitch a 1-2-3 inning with two strikeouts.
Connor Bradley would double to start the inning then would score on a Peyton Hunt single. That would increase the Hayesville lead to 9-0. Hiwassee Dam would get several runners on in the inning but Eli Roberts would pitch out of trouble to keep the Eagles scoreless.
Hayesville would not score in the top of the inning but would carry a 9-0 lead into the bottom of the inning. The Eagles would get one runner on but never really threatened as Roberts finished off the Hayesville shutout.
Hayesville Notable Stats:
Jeremy Stewart: 2-4 hitting with 2 HRs, 4 RBI’s
Clayton Vandiver: 1 HR batting, 4 IP, 9K’s, 0ER
Connor Bradley: 4-4 batting 1 HR, 1 double, 3 R’s, 2 RBI’s
Eli Roberts: 3 innings pitched, 4 K’s, 0ER
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Photo Credit to Brooke Leatherwood