KODAK, Tenn. (release) -- The Tennessee Smokies used timely hitting and solid pitching to defeat the Chattanooga Lookouts Saturday night 4-2 in front of 2,842 at Smokies Park. With the win, the Smokies improve their 2012 record to 9-8. Chattanooga falls to 7-10.
It didn’t take long for Tennessee to get to Lookouts starter Allen Webster. Elliot Soto and Logan Watkins lead off the bottom of the first with back-to-back singles. Soto would come around to score two batters later on a Rebel Ridling single to give the Smokies the early 1-0 lead.
Tennessee starter Nick Struck struggled with his control early. Lookouts’ first baseman J.T. Wise got things started in the second with a lead-off double and would come around to score on a Struck throwing error to first. Webster helped out his own cause with a sacrifice fly to right to stake himself to a 2-1 lead.
Ty Wright (2-for-3) continued his impressive start with the Smokies. The left fielder would tie up the contest at 2-2 in the third, with an RBI single to right that would allow Watkins to score.
The Smokies took the lead in the bottom of the fifth on a wild play. With Jae-Hoon Ha on third and Ridling on first, Webster threw a wild pitch to advance the runners. Lookouts catcher Griff Erickson attempted to get Ridling at second, but threw the ball into center to allow Ha to score and give the Smokies a 3-2 lead.
Ha would add on to his day with a single in the seventh, ending his day at 3-for-4. After a Red Patterson balk advanced Ha to third and a Ridling intentional walk, Wright would drive in his second run of the game with a sacrifice fly to deep center to score Ha for the second time on the night.
Struck (2-1) picked up his team leading second win of the season, going five innings, giving up two runs (one earned) on four hits, while walking four and fanning five. Jeff Antigua pitched three hitless innings and Marcus Hatley earned his first save of the season with a perfect ninth.
The Smokies and Lookouts will continues their five-game set on Sunday afternoon at 2:00 p.m. at Smokies Park. Tennessee will send RHP Ryan Searle (1-0, 0.00) will face-off against Chattanooga’s RHP Ethan Martin (1-0, 3.68). Sunday will feature the Smokies’ annual Little League Clinic from 12-1. Gates will open at 11:30 a.m. For tickets and more information, fans can visit www.smokiesbaseball.com or call (865) 286-2300.
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