Bryson City – The Maroon Devils scored 9 runs in the bottom of the first inning, and then cruised to a 16-1 home win over Cherokee on Tuesday.
Gabe Lillard (2), Carson Taylor (2), Cooper Hyatt (2), Will Jenkins (1) and Carter Hayes (1) all drove in runs in the 1st for the Devils. The Devils were ultra aggressive on the base paths stealing 7 bases in the 1st inning.
Charlie Collins, who has been out with an injury, pitched in his first game of the season. Collins worked two solid innings striking out 4 Braves while giving up 1 hit and 1 walk. Gabe Lillard worked two innings in relief and Carson Taylor pitched the final inning for the Devils.
Carson Taylor went 4-4 with 6 runs batted in on the day, he also scored 3 runs. Gabe Lillard went 2-2 with a pair of rbi and scored 3 times. Lillard also had 3 stolen bases. Cameron Blankenship was 1-1 on the day, but reached two other times after being hit by a pitch. Carter Hayes went 3-4 with 3 rbi. Cooper Hyatt added a pair of hits in 4 trips to the plate and drove in a pair of runs adding a pair of stolen bases as well.