Scotland County never trailed on Thursday night in Memphis, thanks in part to some dandy glove work as well as the return of the power bats as the Tigers topped Schuyler County 10-5.
The Rams touched up starter Will Fromm for three hits in the top of the first inning, but were kept off the score board by a double play and a play at the plate. Right fielder Aaron Blessing gunned down Wyatt Homer at home when he tried to score from second base on a single by Riley Veatch.
SCR-I took advantage of a pair of Schuyler County errors in the bottom of the inning to plate two runs. Aaron Buford and Will Fromm singled before Lane Pence reached on an error. One run was forced in when Grant Campbell was hit by a pitch. Courtesy runner Parker Triplett scored when Elijah Cooley reached on an error to make it 2-0.
Schuyler County trimmed the lead to 2-1 in the second before Pence threw out a would-be base stealer to end the rally.
The Tigers padded the lead in the bottom of the second. After Will Pickerell reached on an error, Aaron Buford launched a two-run homer over the left field fence. Fromm made it back-to-back shots when he cleared the fence in center field for his fourth homer of the season to make the score 5-1. Pence, Campbell and Cooley all followed with base hits before Pickerell finished off the big inning with an RBI hit to make the score 8-1.
The Rams rallied for three runs in the top of the third before SCR-I chased starter Braxton Shaw with another tally in the bottom of the frame to make the score 9-4. Buford led off with a walk and scored on a single by Pence.
Schuyler County added an unearned run in the top of the fifth, ending Fromm’s night on the hill. Dodge took over and worked out of a bases loaded jam.
SCR-I got the run back in the bottom of the frame off reliever Cody Amen. Buford tripled and scored on a base hit by Fromm to make the score 10-5.
Dodge held the Rams to just one hit over the final two innings to record the save. He walked two and struck out two in two and a third innings of work. Fromm notched the victory, allowing five runs on nine hits and four walks while striking out four to improve to 3-0.
Buford went 3-3 at the plate with a walk, two RBIs and four runs scored, including his first home run of the season. Fromm was 3-4 with two RBIs and a run scored on his home run. Pence went 2-4 with an RBI.
The Tigers improved to 8-0 on the season.