May 6, 2010

Late Inning Heroics Push Tigers Past Putnam 13-12

The saying goes, “It aint over until the fat lady sings”. In baseball, the game isn’t finished until the heavy hitters swing.

That was the case Wednesday night in Memphis, as the Tigers rallied from an early deficit to score four times in the bottom of the seventh to force extra innings before forcing the winning run across in the bottom of the eighth to prevail 13-12.

Scotland County pulled ahead 2-0 in the bottom of the first inning when Ben Shannan narrowly missed a home run. He had to settle for a double off the right field fence that plated Harley Stone. Shannan scored when Drew Miller reached on an error, making it 2-0.

Putnam trimmed the deficit to 2-1 in the top of the second and would have added more to the score but Sabe Sears fired a perfect throw to Drew Miller to nail the tying run at the plate to preserve the 2-1 advantage.

The Tigers tacked on another tally in the bottom of the second when Rod Sears led off with a double. Sabe Sears and Stone walked to load the bases before Shannan delivered an RBI ground out to make it 3-1.

But Putnam County poured it on in the top of the fourth, scoring seven runs off starter Harley Stone and reliever Dakota Wells who both battled with the strike zone. The duo combined for eight walks and hit four batters in six innings of work. A costly error allowed a pair of unearned runs to score in the top of the fifth as Putnam County piled on five more runs to lead 11-3.

But SCR-I erased five runs from the deficit in the bottom of the fifth with a huge two-out rally. Shannan, Wells and Trever Harris delivered RBI hits to fuel the offense.

After the Midgets made it 12-8, Shannan took the hill and blanked Putnam County over the final two innings.

That set the stage for a dramatic comeback, as the Tigers scored four times in what could have been their final at bat before the winning run crossed the plate in extra innings to cap off the comeback.

Stone and Shannan started the inning with back-to-back doubles. Harris worked a walk as did pinch hitter Andrew Humes before Rod Sears was hit by a pitch to force in the second tally. The final two runs scored when Sabe Sears reached on an error. But he was stranded on second as the winning run.

Stone led off the extra innings with a single. After he stole second base and advanced to third on a wild pitch, Shannan worked a walk. Wells also walked to load the bases before Harris drew a base on balls to force in the winning run.

Shannan walked one and allowed just one hit while striking out three of the seven batters he faced to pick up the victory on the mound.

He got the job done at the plate as well, going 3-3 with a pair of doubles. The sophomore scored three times and had 4 RBI. Stone went 3-5 with an RBI double and scored four runs. Rod Sears went 1-4 with a double and was hit by a pitch. He scored three runs for the Tigers.

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