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.
The Murphy Bulldogs racked up 12 hits as they mercy ruled the Blue Ridge Early College on Tuesday.
Briggs Cornwell was hitting the cover off of the baseball as he drove in four on three hits in the 14-3 route. Cornwell drove in runs on a double in the first and third, as the Early College pitchers could not slow him down. He sparked things for the Dogs in the first, driving in 3 when he slapped a double to left field.
In the second, it was more of the same from the Bulldogs as they tacked on 5 more runs thanks to a triple by Payton McCraken, a single by Dawson Hensley and an error on a ball that Joe Swain poked into play. Hunter Curtis led the Dogs on the pitchers mound, allowing 3 hits and 3 runs over 5 innings and striking out 10.
McCraken, Hensley and Cornwell all had multiple hits for the Dogs.
Dawson Hensely was the life of the party during Mondays game against the Andrews Wildcats, as he drove in 6 runs on 3 hits to lead the Bulldogs to a 16-3 victory over conference foe Andrews.
Hensely got things started for the Bulldogs in the first when he doubled and drove in the first run of the game. Hensley kept it going with another double in the fourth and a grand slam in the fifth. In the sixth inning, Briggs Cornwell, Payton McCraken, Caleb Allen and Elijah Davis all drove in runs for the Dogs.
Kellen Rumfelt picked up the victory in the pitchers mound, allowing 4 hits and 2 runs over 3 innings, while fanning 8 and walking 1. He came on in relief for Josh Ott, who started the game for Murphy and gave up 1 run on 0 hits and struck out 5.
The Dogs bats were hot, racking up a total of 15 hits, with Cornwell, Hensley, Ott, and McCraken all having multiple hits for the Dogs.
The Murphy Bulldogs bats were hot once again on Tuesday, as they piled on 15 runs in a mercy rule game against the Cherokee Braves. The Dogs pitching came up clutch too, not allowing a single run on only 2 hits. This is the second and final time that the Dogs would see the Braves this season, and the first encounter was a lot like the second with the Dogs winning that one 16-1.
Jesse Kephart toed the rubber to start things off for the Bulldogs and was nearly perfect, going 3 innings while allowing no runs on 1 hit and striking out 5. Hunter Curtis came on in the 4th and also did not allow any runs on 1 hit as the 2 pitchers combined for a shutout in the Bulldogs blowout conference win over the Braves.
Caleb Allen got the Dogs on the board in the first inning singling on a 1-0 count and scoring 1 run. Most of the damage was done in the fifth inning however, as the dogs put up 5 runs and Hunter Curtis, Braden Rumfelt, Kellen Rumfelt, Joe Swain and Chase O’Dell all knocked in runs in the inning.
The Bulldogs offense racked up 14 total hits on the day with Kellen Rumfelt, Payton McCraken, Dawson Hensley, Allen and Kephart all having multiple hit days for Murphy. The Bulldogs defense showed up too, as they did not commit any errors, and Joe Swain flashed some leather making 8 defensive plays.
The Dogs are off this upcoming week as the school is on Spring Break.
Despite holding the Black Knights to only 4 hits on the day, the Dogs could not overcome the early deficit and suffered their first conference loss on the 25th.
Murphy jumped on the board in the first inning, as Briggs Cornwell doubled on a 1-0 count and scored 1 run, but their lead was short lived as the Knights scored 5 runs in the second inning.
Hunter Curtis started the day on the mound and it was a bit of a rocky one, as he gave up 7 runs n 4 hits over 2 innings while striking out 4. Kellen Rumfelt was brought on in relief and threw some quality innings, fanning 7 and walking 5 while not allowing a hit or run. Rumfelt also had a nice day at the plate as he went 2-3 with a triple and crossed the plate twice.
Dawson Hensley also tried to spark some offense for the Dogs as he went 2-4 with a double.
Despite the Dogs not playing their best ball, they’re still clawing at the top of the SMC leaderboard fighting with Rosman for that top spot.
Briggs Cornwell, Kellen Rumfelt, Dawson Hensley and Payton McCraken are all in the top 10 in the SMC in batting average and all are hitting over .460. Cornwell, Hensley and Rumfelt are also all in the top 10 in RBIs in the SMC, with Briggs Cornwell being in first with 19.
In Swain County on Friday the 22nd, the Dogs found themselves down again late in the game and just like last weeks game against Hayesville, they found a way to will themselves to a victory.
Josh Ott led things off for the Bulldogs on the mound and got through 5 and 2/3rds while striking out 5 Maroon Devils. The 6th inning is where things got rocky for the Bulldogs as they blew a 3-1 lead allowing Swain to score 3 runs.
That Swain lead didnt last long however as Dawson Hensley doubled on a line drive to center that brought home the tying run and also brought up slugger Briggs Cornwell, who had some late inning heroics last week when the dogs found themselves in a 8-1 hole against conference foe Hayesville. After 2 quick strikes on Cornwell he shortened up and poked one to right field, advancing to 2nd and scoring the game winning run. In the bottom of the seventh Dawson Hensley came out and pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out one and securing the victory for the bulldogs.
Murphy chalked up 6 hits in their conference win and Peyton McCraken and Dawson Hensley both had 2 hits a piece. Murphy advances to 4-1 on the year and 3-0 in Smokey Mountain Conference play.