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Bears end game with 'Blazers on stunning triple play

April 19th, 2014 7:10 pm by Greg Peters

Bears end game with 'Blazers on stunning triple play

GRAY — The odds of a triple play in baseball are high. One website lists the likelihood as 10,000-to-1.

Whatever the probability, the odds were on Sevier County's side Saturday in Coca-Cola Classic action at Daniel Boone.

The Smoky Bears pulled off the rarity in a 6-4 win over Daniel Boone, quelling a Trailblazers rally in stunning fashion.

After trailing 6-1 through 5 1/2 innings, Boone rallied for three runs in the bottom of the sixth with help from four walks.

The Bears' control problems continued into the seventh, and Cameron Clabough and Andrew Street led off the bottom of the frame with back-to-back walks from relief pitcher Devonte Matthews.

One remarkable play ended the comeback attempt ended one batter later.

Brandon Davis' bunt landed in Matthews glove. The quick-thinking pitcher's throw to second base caught pinch-runner Dillon Reppart halfway to third, and a toss to first nailed Street.

Game over.

"Never in my life have I ever had a game end like that," said Daniel Boone coach Rob Hoover.

Sevier County coach Casey Taylor was equally as stunned.

"I believe that triple play was first a for us, at least I don't ever remember one," Taylor said.

Zach Byron led Boone with two hits and an RBI. Daniel Cox recorded two RBIs on a sacrifice and a walk.

The triple play also overshadowed the two-inning relief appearance Ty Jones. The Trailblazers' pitcher with only one hand allowed one hit over the sixth and seventh innings.

In Saturday's opening game, Boone raced out to a 16-5 lead over Morristown East before holding on for a 16-10 win.

For an expanded version of this story, see Sunday's print edition or our expanded electronic edition.

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