March 24, 2011

Tigers Drop Baseball Opener to Highland 5-0

As the weather begins to look more and more like spring, the Scotland County baseball bats will have to wait at least one more day for a heat spell after being cooled off by Highland's Kamron Roberts in the team's season opener on March 21st.

Roberts tossed a two-hit shutout as the Cougars blanked SCR-I 5-0 on Monday night in Lewistown.

The Tigers were unable to pose many scoring threats, being held to just four base runners over the seven innings. Ben Shannan walked to lead off the second inning. But Roberts rebounded to strike out the side.

Brock Bondurant singled in the fourth inning but was stranded on first base. Cordie Kigar recorded the only other hit, a leadoff single in the sixth. He was stranded at third base.

Highland jumped on top 1-0 in the bottom of the first inning on an RBI double by first baseman Brett Carper.

Shannan settled down on the mound for the Tigers to strand runners at second and third. He worked out of a similar jam in the second frame before Highland added to the lead in the third inning.

Greg Garner led off the inning with a double and came around to score on a Scotland County error.

Shannan kept SCR-I in the game until the bottom of the sixth when Highland broke through to make the score 5-0. The Cougars took advantage of a pair of walks and an SCR-I error to plate three more runs.

Roberts picked up the win for Highland, going seven innings and allowing just two hits and one walk while striking out 11.

Shannan was tagged with the loss, working six innings and allowing five runs, three earned, on eight hits and seven walks while striking out five.

Bondurant was 1-3 and Kigar went 1-2 for SCR-I. Garner was 3-3 with a pair of doubles and two runs scored for Highland.

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