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May 30, 2013

Tigers Baseball Season Ends in District Semifinals

A return to the district title game was derailed by some costly fielding miscues that saw Scotland County's baseball season end in the district semifinals with an 8-4 loss to Canton.

Canton took a 4-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning when an error opened the door for four unearned runs to cross the plate. Canton put together three hits and a walk after the error extended the inning.

SCR-I rallied to trim the deficit to 4-2 in the top of the third inning. Marcus Jenkins led off with a double. Zach Miller plated him with a single and he came around to score on a base knock by Jacob Blessing.

Canton immediately erased those tallies, scoring two runs in the bottom of the frame, including another unearned run thanks to an SCR-I error.

The cushion grew to 7-2 with a solo tally in the bottom of the fourth.

The Tigers made some noise in the top of the fifth inning with a two-out rally. Blessing reached on an error and scored on a double by Cordie Kigar. He came in to score when Austin Thrasher reached on an error to cut the deficit to 7-4.

The Tigers put together three hits in the top of the sixth, including another double by Jenkins, but had a runner erased on the base paths that helped keep the teams from scoring in the inning.

After Canton added an insurance run in the bottom of the inning, SCR-I saw the side retired in order in the final at bat of the season.

Kigar took the loss on the mound, allowing eight runs, three earned, on eight hits and four walks over six innings of work. The junior struck out six.

SCR-I closed out the year with a 9-7 record. Canton (11-5) went on to beat Milan 12-1 in the district title game to advance to the state tourney. Canton is still alive, advancing to the Class 2 final four with a pair of extra-inning wins over Elsberry (5-4 in 9 innings) and Russellville (8-7 in 8 innings).

Canton (14-5) was set to play West Platte (21-1) in one state semifinal with Holcomb (21-7) taking on Hartville (17-4) for the right to advance to the championship game. Those games were schedules for May 28th with the title tilt on May 29th.

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