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April 26, 2012

Tigers Mash Milan 8-4 to Stay Unbeaten in League Play

It took a while for the Tigers bats to wake up after the long bus ride to Milan on Saturday, but Scotland County's offense arrived just in time to secure a key 8-4 conference victory over the Wildcats.

SCR-I went ahead 1-0 in the top of the first inning. Cordie Kigar led off with a double and came in to score on a base hit by Ben Shannan. The Tigers left the bases loaded in the frame, leading just 1-0.

Milan tied the game at 1-1 in the bottom of the second, taking advantage of two errors by SCR-I to score the unearned run off starter Harley Stone.

The Tigers pulled ahead for good in the third frame. Stone singled and came in to score on an RBI base hit by Jacob Blessing to make it 2-1.

The Tigers blew the game open in the fourth. Zach Miller singled to start the rally. With two outs, Kigar drew a base on balls and Shannan was hit by a pitch to load the bases. A walk to Andrew Mathes forced in Miller. Stone doubled in Kigar and Shannan to extend the lead to 6-1.

That looked like all the offense Stone was going to need. He allowed just three hits through the first five innings. The senior worked out of a bit of a jam in the sixth, after allowing a pair of walks, before striking out the final two batters.

SCR-I tacked on some insurance in the bottom of the fifth. Brice Cowell singled and scored on a base hit by Tyler Buford.

The eighth run came in the top of the seventh inning. Jacob Hull reached on an error and later scored on an RBI double by Miller.

Milan finally got to Stone in the bottom of the seventh, scoring three runs on just two hits before Stone shut the door on the rally and the 8-4 win.

Stone notched the victory, working seven innings and allowing four runs, three earned, on five hits and two walks. The senior struck out 12.

He also went 3-4 at the plate with a pair of doubles and four RBIs. Zach Miller was also 3-4 with a double and RBI and two runs scored.

The Tigers improved to 10-1 on the season and 2-0 in the Tri-Rivers Conference.


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