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April 11, 2013

Novinger Knocks Around SCR-I in 13-3 Defeat

Playing for the third time in four days, with a tournament scheduled for the following day, the Scotland County baseball team traveled to Novinger on Friday evening.

After running out #1 and #2 starters Cordie Kigar and Austin Thrasher earlier in the week, the Tigers turned to Jacob Blessing on the mound. The sophomore struggled to find the strike zone in his first start of the year. Novinger used eight walks to help post a 13-3 victory in a contest that was ended by the 10-run rule after five innings of play.

SCR-I fell behind 1-0 in the first but knotted the score in the top of the second when Chris Jackson doubled and came in to score on a passed ball to make it 1-1.

Novinger used three walks to plate a pair of runs in the bottom of the frame to regain a 3-1 advantage.

The Tigers again rallied in the top of the third. Blessing singled to lead off the inning and stole second. He scored when Austin Thrasher reached on an error. A walk to Tyler Buford put a pair of runners on with no outs, but Novinger starter Blake Smith recovered to strike out the side and preserve the 3-2 lead.

Novinger plated a pair of runs in the bottom of the frame before blowing the contest open in the fourth behind a grand slam by Justin Klingsmith.

An RBI single by Buford drove in Thrasher for SCR-I's final run in the top of the fifth but Novinger scored three in the bottom of the inning to end the game with a final score of 13-3.

Blessing took the loss on the mound, going 4 1/3 innings. He surrendered 13 runs on nine hits and eight walks while striking out three.

Buford was 1-1 at the plate with a pair of walks. Jackson and Blessing were each 1-3 with a run scored.

The Tigers dropped to 2-2 on the season with the loss.

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