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April 11, 2013

Tigers Take Tri-Rivers Tournament Title With Slugfest Finale

Even with #1 starter Cordie Kigar sidelined by a leg injury, and coming off three games in four nights before Saturday, the Scotland County baseball team emerged from Saturday's Tri-Rivers Tournament with a championship.

SCR-I opened the pool play with a 6-0 victory over Novinger, one night after being ten-runned by the Wildcats. Austin Thrasher threw a complete-game shutout for the Tigers, facing just five batters over the minimum.

The Tigers needed the economical performance on the mound, as Thrasher would be called on again with the shortage of arms for SCR-I.

The Tigers scored the only run they would need in the top of the second inning. Tyler Buford was hit by a pitch to lead off the frame. After a double by Jacob Hull, Chris Jackson delivered an RBI single to make it 1-0.

Jacob Blessing singled to start the third inning and came around to score on a ground out by Hull to make it 2-0. Scotland County put the contest away in the fifth inning when Thrasher, Buford and Jackson all reached on base hits and scored. The key hit was a two-run double by Marcus Jenkins.

Mason VanHoozen contributed an RBI double to make the final score 6-0.

Thrasher notched his second win of the year, allowing just three hits a pair of walks while striking out 15 over seven innings of work.

In game two, Putnam County erased a 3-1 deficit in the Midgets' final at bat and held on to post a 5-4 victory over SCR-I.

Putnam County took a 1-0 lead in the first inning off Buford, in his first start of the season on the mound.

SCR-I tied the game in the third inning when Jenkins scored. They went ahead 2-1 in the fifth with Jenkins again crossing the plate courtesy of a Putnam County error. The margin grew to 3-1 in the sixth inning. Jacob Hull walked and came in to score on a base hit by Jenkins.

Buford shutdown the Midgets until the sixth inning. A pair of errors opened the door for the big inning as Putnam County scored four unearned runs to pull ahead 5-3.

SCR-I rallied in the seventh. Zach Miller doubled. Walks to Thrasher and Hull loaded the bases with one out. A walk to VanHoozen trimmed the deficit to 5-4 before the Midgets closed out the win.

Buford took the loss despite allowing just one earned run over seven innings of work. He surrendered five hits and walked three while striking out nine.

Scotland County rebounded to claim the tourney title with a 12-9 victory over Green City in the slugfest finale.

The Hornets struck first off starter Jacob Hull, plating a run in the top of the first.

Hull drove in Thrasher in the bottom of the frame with an RBI single to make it 1-1.

The Hornets looked poised to run away with the game, putting up three runs in both the third and fourth innings to build a 7-1 lead.

The Tigers battled back in the fifth inning. Chris Jackson led off with a double. After a walk to VanHoozen, Jenkins delivered an RBI single. Zach Curry and Zach Miller each walked to load the bases before Thrasher and Buford came through with run scoring singles to trim the deficit to 7-5.

Green City extended the lead to 9-5 in the top of the sixth before SCR-I batted around in the bottom of the game to produce a 12-9 win. Jackson gave his team some momentum with a lead-off home run before driving in two more runs with a triple to cap off the huge inning. Zach Miller had a key double and Hull added a two-run single to secure the win for the Tigers.

Thrasher came in to pitch the seventh inning and pick up the save. He held the hornets scoreless, allowing a couple of hits but striking out two.

Hull notched the victory, working six innings, allowing nine runs, only four earned, on six hits and eight walks while fanning three.

Jackson went 3-4 at the plate with three RBIs. Thrasher and Buford both added a pair of hits as the Tigers rattled the bats for 11 hits overall.

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