Scots sweep Hiwassee to start season 6-0

Scots sweep Hiwassee to start season 6-0

The Maryville College baseball team swept Hiwassee College to move to 6-0 on the early season.


The Scots advanced to 5-0 on the season after a 2-0 shutout victory in the opening challenge of the twin bill.


The Scots hurlers, Evan Heffner, Zach Messinger, and Samuel Joiner held the Tigers to only three hits in nine innings of work. Heffner struck out four over the first four innings while holding Hiwassee hitless. Messinger earned the win with stellar middle relief. He struck out five, allowed a pair of hits, and did not walk a batter. Joiner closed the door to earn his first save of the season.


Maryville tallied their only runs in the second inning when Johnny Carpenter led off the inning with a double. After Evan Ezell was hit by a pitch and stole second base, Patrick Messinger singled to right field for a pair of RBI.


Five different Scots had hits to pacer MC's offensive attack.


In the nightcap of the doubleheader, Maryville battled to an 8-2 lead after a seven-run fifth inning only to hold on for a hard-fought 10-9 win.


Hiwassee went up 2-0 in the first pair of innings on an unearned run and an infield RBI groundout.


MC answered with an unearned run in the third scoring Andrew Henry.


The Scots broke the game open in the fifth inning when Bryce Redaja blasted a grand slam over the left-center field wall scoring Carpenter, Henry, and Hayden Hollingsworth. They finished their scoring when McKenzie Jackson scored on a Patrick Messinger single to right field.


Maryville added an insurance run in both the seventh and eighth inning. A wild pitch sent Hollingsworth in the seventh before Andrew Garcia plated Logan Hayes with a sacrifice fly in the eight.


The Scots went into Hiwassee's final inning with a 10-3 advantage.


The Tigers went through three MC hurlers in the ninth scoring six runs on five hits. Senior Jerod Dickey came in and struck out a Tiger and picked off the game-tying runner at second base to earn the save for the Scots.


Jacob Gossett earned the victory on the mound after a strong inning of relief from starter Ricky Ward.


MC's 11 hit offensive attack was paced by Hayden Hollingsworth. The second baseman went 3-for-4 with a pair of runs scored and an RBI. Andrew Henry, Bryce Redaja, and Patrick Messinger each added a pair of hits.


Maryville will now prepare to host Centre College on Tuesday, February 20 on Scotland Yard. First pitch is slated for 6:00 p.m.