For the second straight day, the fourth inning saw the Scotland County offense explode as the Tigers plated 17 runs in the bottom of the fourth inning in the opener of the Putnam County Tourney on Saturday to run away from North Mercer for a 22-0 victory.
Less than 24 hours after blasting three homers en route to a 15-run fourth inning at Novinger, the Tigers out did themselves Saturday morning on Unionville, sending 23 batters to the plate in the bottom of the fourth inning.
It proved to be icing on the cake, as the two runs SCR-I scored in the bottom of the first were more than enough as Will Fromm and Justiin McKee combined on a no-hitter.
The Tigers loaded the bases in the first inning on a double by Gage Dodge and a base hit by Fromm after Aaron Buford reached on an error. Grant Campbell plated a run with a sacrifice fly and McKee had an RBI groundout to put SCR-I ahead 2-0.
The Tigers added to the lead in the third inning. Buford singled in front of a Fromm walk. Campbell reached on an error to load the bases. McKee plated another run with an RB ground out before Lane Pence cracked a two-run single to make the score 5-0.
Brett Monroe had a pair of hits in the fourth inning, starting the rally with a leadoff single. Dodge helped his batting average, going 3-3 with three singles during the fourth inning scoring binge. Fromm had a two-run double and Buford had a pair of RBI hits.
McKee took over for Fromm on the hill in the fifth inning and closed out the no hitter with a near perfect frame.
Fromm notched the victory, holding North Mercer hitless over four innings, striking out six while walking two. McKee struck out one and hit a batter in his one inning of relief work.
Dodge went 4-5 with three runs scored and two RBIs. Fromm was 3-4 with two RBIs and Pence went 3-4 with three RBIs while McKee knocked in four runs with a 2-4 day at the plate.