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Smokies drop opener at Montgomery 8-3

(Tennessee Smokies)  The struggles against the Montgomery Biscuits continued Tuesday night in an 8-3 loss. Zach Hedges, statistically speaking, has been the best of all Smokies starting arms this season, but tonight’s outing was chalked up as his worst before the first inning was even complete.

Montgomery sent 12 players to the plate in a seven run first inning against Hedges. Andrew Velazquez hit a three run homer to cap off the first inning scoring, which followed with Mark Johnson having to watch the game from the locker room after arguing the home run call that teetered between a foul ball call and ultimately a home run.

Hedges would give up one more run, ending with eight runs on 13 hits in his five innings of work. Tennessee picked up their three runs in the sixth inning on an RBI triple by Ian Rice, an RBI double by Jacob Hannemann, and an RBI single from Cael Brockmeyer.

Montgomery continues to be the Achilles’ heel for Tennessee. The Smokies have lost five of six to the Biscuits this season, and have now lost 23 of their last 31 games against the Biscuits. The last time Tennessee got the better of Montgomery in a series was 2015.

About Jim Harris

Jim Harris has been WYSH's News & Sports Director since 2000. In addition to reporting local news, he is the play-by-play voice for Clinton High School football, boys' and girls' basketball and baseball. Catch Jim live weekdays beginning at 6:20 am for live local news, sports, weather and traffic plus the Community Bulletin Board, shenanigans with Ron Meredith and more on the Country Club Morning Show on WYSH & WQLA. Jim lives in Clinton with his wife Kelly and daughter Carolina, his mother-in-law and cats Lucius and Oliver.

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