A two home run game by Kaden Anders wasn’t enough for the Scotland County baseball team on April 24th in Unionville as the Tigers fell to Putnam County 11-3.
Scotland County struggled with its glove work, committing seven errors that led to eight unearned runs for the Midgets.
Levi Fowler led off the bottom of the first inning with a home run off SCR-I starter Jacob McDaniel to give the home squad a 1-0 lead.
Anders knotted the score at 1-1 when he blasted a home run to left field to start the top of the second inning.
McDaniel struggled with his command in the bottom of the frame, hitting a pair of batters and walking a third to load the bases. Fowler drove in a pair of runs with a base hit to push the lead to 3-1.
Preston Sanchez and Parker Triplett singled to open the bottom of the second inning but Sanchez was thrown out at the plate on a hit by Will Fromm to end the scoring threat.
Fromm took over on the mound for the Tigers in the third and ran into trouble after retiring the first two batters. An error kept the inning alive for Putnam County, which eventually plated three runs without the benefit of a base hit.
Putnam County tacked on a pair of runs in the fourth inning off of reliever Parker Triplett.
SCR-I got one of the runs back in the top of the fifth. Grant McRobert singled and moved into scoring position on a base hit by Triplett. Branton Burrus delivered an RBI single to trim the lead to 8-2.
The Midgets took advantage of the fifth hit batsman of the night to pull back ahead 9-2.
Anders blasted his second homer of the contest to open the top of the sixth inning but Putnam County tacked on two more runs in the bottom of the frame to make the final score 11-3.
McDaniel took the loss for SCR-I on the mound. He pitched two innings and surrendered three runs on two hits and a walk while striking out two. Fromm pitched two thirds of an inning and was tagged for three unearned runs on a walk. He also hit two batters. Triplett closed out the contest, working three and one third innings, allowing five runs, only one earned, on three hits and two walks while striking out five.
Anders led the offense, going 2-3 with the two solo home runs. Triplett was 2-4 and McRobert and Burrus were both 2-3 as SCR-I outhit the Midgets 10-5 on the night.