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May 16, 2013

Tigers Close Out Baseball Regular Season With Double-Header Sweep

Chris Jackson hustles down the first base line as he tries to beat out a ground ball on the infield during the Tigers win over Putnam County on May 6th.

Mother Nature has played havoc on the 2013 Scotland County baseball season, but despite several rainouts, the Tigers closed out the regular season on a high note. SCR-I swept a conference double-header on May 6th in Memphis.

The rescheduled contests pitted the Tigers versus Putnam County in the opener, followed by a nightcap versus North Shelby.

The Tigers picked up key wins over both league foes, putting SCR-I in a possible tie for the conference crown with Schuyler County.

Austin Thrasher shut down the Midgets in the opener, surrendering a solitary run on just two hits over five innings of work.

Zach Miller set the tone on offense in the bottom of the first inning. He singled and stole second base before coming in to score on a base hit by Cordie Kigar. Thrasher was hit by a pitch and scored on a wild pitch to make it 2-0.

SCR-I put the game away in the bottom of the second. Jacob Hull delivered an RBI double to open the flood gates that saw Scotland County plate eight runs while sending 13 batters to the plate. Thrasher and Kigar also delivered RBI base hits before Tyler Buford broke the game open with a double that plated two more runs.

That was more than enough scoring for Thrasher, who walked three and struck out 12 en route to the win. He also went 203 at the plate with a pair of RBI and three runs scored. Kigar added two hits as eight of the nine Tigers starters recorded at least one base knock.

The second game of the evening was a near carbon copy as Kigar tossed a shutout at the Raiders and SCR-I bested North Shelby 14-0.

Miller was hit by a pitch and stole a pair of bases before scoring on an RBI groundout by Thrasher to make it 1-0 in the first inning.

The second inning was again key for the Tigers, who like in the opener, sent 13 batters to the plate in the inning, jumping out to a 10-0 lead.

Chris Jackson started the onslaught with a base hit. After Landyn Swearingen doubled, Jacob Blessing produced an RBI single. A walk to Hull loaded the bases. Miller and Kigar both walked to force in runs before Thrasher cracked a two-run single. Jackson had an RBI hit in his second at-bat of the inning.

Thrasher drove home a run in the third with a double. Swearingen and Mason VanHoozen had RBI singles in the fifth inning.

Kigar surrender just two hits and walked two while striking out 12 in five innings of work to notch the victory.

Schuyler County defeated Milan in an extra-inning marathon to secure the conference title with a perfect 5-0 mark. SCR-I finished 4-1 in league play.

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