April 26, 2012

SCR-I Avenges Loss With 10-5 Conference Win Over Rams

Cordie Kigar slides in safe at home plate in front of teammate Andrew Mathes as the Schuyler County catcher retrieves the high throw. The Tigers avenged their lone loss of the season, by besting the Rams 10-5 on Wednesday night in Memphis.

A week after taking their only loss of the season, the Scotland County baseball team extracted a bit of revenge on Wednesday night in Memphis. The Tigers derailed Schuyler County's perfect record, avenging the loss to the Rams while grabbing hold of the top spot in the Tri-Rivers Conference standings.

SCR-I knocked off Schuyler County 10-5 to improve to 9-1 on the year.

Schuyler County drew first blood, putting together a pair of base hits off starter Ben Shannan to take a 1-0 lead in the top of the first.

The Tigers wasted no time responding, knocking around Rams ace Jordon Wheeler for four straight hits to start the contest. Cordie Kigar led off with a single and came in to score on a double by Drew Miller. After Andrew Mathes singled, Harley Stone delivered an RBI base hit to right field to make the score 2-0. But after a walk to Ben Shannan loaded the bases still with no outs, Wheeler was able to work out of the jam trailing just 2-1.

While Shannan worked his magic on the mound, the Tigers continued to add to the lead. SCR-I took advantage of back-to-back errors by the Rams to once again load the bases with no outs after Kigar was hit by a pitch. Schuyler County looked as if it might wiggle out of another tough jam, but an errant pickoff throw allowed Tyler Buford to score and Shannan followed that with an RBI base hit to plate Kigar and make the score 4-1.

Scotland County blew the game open in the bottom of the third inning. Jacob Blessing and Kigar singled and Miller drove in both with a base hit. After a double by Mathes, Stone crushed his third home run in as many games, taking Wheeler deep for a three run shot that pushed the lead to 9-1.

The Rams scored a single run in the fourth without the benefit of a base hit, taking advantage of a leadoff walk and a hits batsman.

Schuyler County again had a pair of base runners on in the fifth inning, but ran themselves out of the inning when Miller gunned down the runner at third base on a steal attempt.

Joey Antal took over on the mound for Schuyler County in the fourth and worked a pair of scoreless innings before Scotland County finally got to him in the sixth. Stone led off with a walk. After a single by Jacob Hull, Brice Cowell delivered an RBI base hit to make the score 10-2.

The Rams finally got to Shannan again in the seventh. A leadoff walk came around to score following a bloop double that fell in behind second base. Two more hits allowed the Rams to trim the deficit to 10-5 before Shannan struck out the final two batters to nail down the victory.

The senior allowed five earned runs on seven hits. He struggled a bit with his control, walking three, and hitting a pair of batters, while striking out six.

Kigar went 2-3 with three runs scored to fuel the offense. Miller was 2-4 with a double and three RBIs. Mathes was 2-4 and Stone was 2-2 with a home run and four RBIs.

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