Good pitching will beat good hitting.
It's the oldest truism of baseball, but it contains the unspoken assumption that good pitching will have adequate defense behind it. Just ask the Central Kentucky Mudcats.
The local traveling team won just one of five games in the Smoky Mountain Classic, held July 31-Aug. 3 in Dandridge, Tenn., as Mudcat fielders repeatedly let the pitchers down with shoddy glove work.
"You talk about a frustrating weekend for pitchers, wow!" said Mudcat coach Chris Copenhaver.