Jackson, TN – All nine Smokies starters had at least one run batted in as The Tennessee Smokies (34-45, 7-2) won for a season best fifth straight game on route to blowing out West Tenn Diamond Jaxx (44-35, 3-5) at Pringles Park, 11-5 Wednesday Night.
Tennessee broke out to an early seven run lead with four in the first, and a three run second. Tyler Colvin tripled home Nate Spears making it 1-0. Matt Craig sent home Colvin with a single and moved Jake Fox, who drew a walk down to second. Doug Deeds then doubled home Fox setting up a Kyle Reynolds Sacrifice Fly and a 4-0 lead.
The second inning got going with a leadoff single by Matt Camp and Sam Fuld reaching on a fielders choice. Spears doubled to centerfield scoring Camp and moving Fuld to third. Colvin and Fox then would both collect run producing sacrifice flies making it 7-0 Smokies.
West Tenn broke threw against Tennessee starter Mitch Atkins with a run in the second. Johan Limonta doubled to start the inning and scored on a throwing error on third baseman Kyle Reynolds.
The Smokies scored three more in the fifth for a 10-1 lead. West Tenn reliever Craig James walked the first four batters of the frame forcing home a run. Matt Camp then ground into a fielders choice scoring the second and Sam Fuld doubled in the third.
Matt Mangini doubled home three runs with two gone in the sixth to knock Atkins out of the game making the score, 11-4.
Mitch Atkins (7-6) pitched 5.2 innings in the start allowing three runs on seven hits with two walks and five strikeouts. Atkins recorded his third straight win in as many starts.
Mark Holliman pitched 2 innings of scoreless relief retiring all six batters he faced with three strikeouts.
The Smokies continue their series Friday Night in Jackson, TN. Lefthander Donnie Veal (4-5) will start against the Diamond Jaxx righthander Ryan Katchner (6-2).