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May 9, 2013

Early Lead Slips Away in Baseball Loss to Canton

Landyn Swearingen grabs a pickoff throw to first base as the Canton runner slides back in safely during the baseball action at Tiger field on April 29th.

An early 3-1 lead for Scotland County was erased by a big inning for Canton as the visitors rolled to a 12-5 victory over Scotland County on Monday night in Memphis.

Canton took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first before SCR-I answered with three tallies in the bottom of the frame. Zack Miller led off the inning with a walk. Cordie Kigar followed with a single before Austin Thrasher was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Walks to Jacob Blessing and Jacob Hull forced in a pair of runs and Chris Jackson followed with an RBI single to make it 3-1.

Thrasher retired the side in order in the second but Canton got to the Tigers starter in the third inning when he struggled to find the strike zone. Thrasher walked four and hit a batter. Two SCR-I errors compounded the woes as Canton plated six runs to pull ahead 7-3.

Canton tacked on a run in the fourth and the sixth before adding three insurance tallies in the top of the seventh.

Scotland County's bats went silent until the seventh inning. Thrasher led off with a single. Walks to Tyler Buford and Hull loaded the bases and Jackson plated two with a double.

Thrasher took the loss on the mound for SCR-I. He went the distance, allowing 12 runs, but only five were earned, as SCR-I committed five errors in the field. Canton had just five hits but took advantage of eight walks and two hit-by-pitches. Thrasher struck out 10 batters in the loss.

Jackson went 3-4 with 3 RBIs to lead the Tigers offense. Kigar and Thrasher each had two hits.

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