The Murphy Bulldogs went up against the Rosman Tigers on Thursday at home, and were not ever really able to get any offense going, as they lost 11-0 to Rosman, the top team in the SMC.
Thursday evening game was between the 2 best teams in the Smokey Mountain Conference, and unfortunately the Dogs were just caught on an off night in their biggest regular season game of the year. Rosman got the offense rolling in the 1st inning, as they scored on a wild pitch, taking an early lead. It was all down hill from there for the Dogs as Rosman wound up pouring it on in the 5th inning, scoring 6 and sending the Dogs home early as the mercy rule took effect.
Payton McCraken and Joe Swain were pretty much the only bright spots in the Murphy offense as they both collected 2 hits a piece. Errors were the story of the day on defense for the Dogs as they got decent innings out of Josh Ott who started the day on the mound, but its hard to keep a team like Rosman from putting up runs when you have 5 self inflicted errors.
The Dogs have another conferece home game against Andrews on Monday, April 29th.
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.
The Dogs bats were hot on Tuesday as they piled on the runs against conference foe Hiwassee Dam. They racked up 17 runs on 14 total hits and won the game by mercy rule, 17-1.
Dawson Hensley started the game on the mound and was flashing some filthy stuff, striking out seven and only allowing one run on three hits through the 3 innings he pitched. Hensley’s day didn’t end on the mound however as he drove in 4 runs on 3 hits, coming up a double short of the cycle, hitting a triple in the second, a single in the third, and a home run in the fourth.
In the bottom of the fourth, head coach Adam Clonts gave Elijah Davis the opportunity to see his first Varsity at bat and he made the most of it with a sacrifice fly out to left center, scoring Briggs Cornwell and allowing Eli’s name to be etched in the scorebooks for the first time.
Lucas Barolet, Briggs Cornwell, Dawson Hensley, Jesse Kephart, and Kellen Rumfelt all had multiple hit outings for the Bulldogs. The Dogs are set to play another conference game against Robbinsville on Friday March 15th, weather permitting.