Despite going up 2-0 in the first inning, the Dogs cant hold onto the lead and drop a conference game at Hayesville on Thursday.
Murphy started out the game just as they planned, hopping on the board first thanks to a 2 run Caleb Allen single. Unfortunately, after Allens 2 RBI single runs were hard to come by for the Dogs.
Hayesville jumped on top for good in the fourth as they scored 4 runs on a couple of singles from Elijah Deese and Hunter Baldwin. Deese singled on a hitters 3-1 count and Baldwin roped one on the first pitch he saw during his at bat. Dwain Cook led the Jackets on the mound, lasting 6 and 2/3rds innings while allowing 8 hits and 3 runs while striking out 10.
Josh Ott led things off for the Bulldogs on the mound, going three innings and allowing 1 run on 2 hits while striking out 4 and giving out 0 free passes. Dawson Hensley threw 3 innings in relief.
Despite the loss, Murphy collected 9 hits on the day with Allen, Briggs Cornwell, and Hensley all having multiple hits for the Bulldogs.
The Dogs are 2nd in the Smokey Mountain Conference behind the Rosman Tigers.