Monday night in Memphis was all about pitching, as a pair of Scotland County hurlers combined to blank Highland and allow Scotland County to pick up a 1-0 win in the 2019 baseball season opener.
Will Fromm got the nod on the mound to open for SCR-I and the senior was perfect through three innings, before allowing a base on balls in the top of the fourth. A base hit followed, eventually putting runners at second and third with just one out, but Fromm was able to strike out the next two batters to end the threat.
Fromm also worked around a one-out single in the fifth before McDaniel took over in the sixth inning with the contest still scoreless.
Scotland County had several scoring chances but was not able to push across a run until the bottom of the sixth inning.
With one out in the first inning, Fromm walked and Branton Burrus was hit by a pitch but both runners were stranded.
Anthony Whitaker reached on an error and Brady Curry walked in the second inning, but both runners were stranded in scoring position.
Burrus singled in the third and Parker Triplett had a base hit in the fourth and Fromm had a leadoff walk in the fifth but again SCR-I was unable to push a run across.
Scotland County finally broke through in the sixth when Triplett doubled to right field. He stole third base and scored on a sacrifice fly by Curry to give the Tigers a 1-0 lead.
That was all the cushion McDaniel would need. He worked around a lead off base hit in the sixth when Curry snagged a popup at second base and doubled off the runner who was stealing on the play.
McDaniel retired the side in the seventh to notch the victory. The senior tossed two innings, allowing one hit while striking out two. Fromm pitched five innings, surrendering just one hit and two base on balls while striking out 11.
Highland’s Tucker Olson held SCR-I to just two hits and two walks over four innings while striking out nine. Hunter Florea took the loss, pitching the final three innings and allowing one run on one hit and one walk while striking out three.
Triplett went 2-3 at the plate with a double and a run scored. Burrus had the other Tigers’ hit, going 1-2 while Curry was 0-1 with an RBI and a walk.