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Baseball Mountaineers crafting one of state’s best defenses

The Heritage Mountaineers boast one of the state’s best defenses as district baseball races begin the sprint for May this week. Photos by Renee Stafford

Anything less than four runs per game is pretty stout against today’s wicked efficient bat technology.

Heritage is one of the best in the game when it comes to the state’s top defenses in baseball this season. The Mountaineers, who host Maryville for an important District 4AAA clash today at 6, are limiting opponents to 2.9 runs per outing as the weather warms.

Alcoa's Tornadoes are a team to keep an eye on.

Alcoa’s Tornadoes are a team to keep an eye on.

Loretto, the state’s best, is yielding a paltry 1.6 runs per outing. State power Farragut occupies the No. 5 spot (2.4 runs), with Heritage ranked 11th.

Sevier County’s Smoky Bears lead the state with 19 wins.

For the complete list, please see: CoachT.

Keep an eye on Alcoa’s Tornadoes as things heat up. The Tornadoes play one of the toughest schedules in the state according to the computer model. Come postseason, when it’s win or go home, that can really matter.

For a complete listing of this week’s area high school games, please see: Spring Sports Weekly.

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