2018-03-08 / Sports

Tigers split with Aquinas, Glascock, get windfall forfeit from Thomson


Washington-Wilkes Middle School baseball team members are (front row, l-r) Trey Johnston, Jackson Thornton, Levi Durham, Will Lewis, Bradley Hefner, Nick Harris, Jaylen Quinn, Desmond Cofer, Trace Callaway, (back) Coach Jonathan Nicholson, Levi Brock, Nathan Durham, Dalen Cobb, Chris Wilson, Dhani Mitchell, Hunter Price, and Robert Hunt. Washington-Wilkes Middle School baseball team members are (front row, l-r) Trey Johnston, Jackson Thornton, Levi Durham, Will Lewis, Bradley Hefner, Nick Harris, Jaylen Quinn, Desmond Cofer, Trace Callaway, (back) Coach Jonathan Nicholson, Levi Brock, Nathan Durham, Dalen Cobb, Chris Wilson, Dhani Mitchell, Hunter Price, and Robert Hunt. The Washington-Wilkes Tiger baseball team came out even-steven in a pair of games last week first losing to Aquinas and then coming from behind to beat Glascock County on Friday. That left the team at 5-4 overall.

But a serendipitous windfall came Monday when Thomson had to forfeit its February 21 win over the Tigers because their head coach was at the game after having been ejected from the previous game. That boosted the W-W overall record to 6-3 as the Tigers headed into a double bill against the Greene County Tigers on Tuesday.

Aquinas – 2-12 – The Irish got off to a hot start scoring two runs in the bottom of the first on a two-run home run by the clean up hitter, and Aquinas never relinquished the lead. After three innings Aquinas had built a 6-0 lead over the Tigers when the W-W catcher, Bailey Brock, led the inning off with the Tigers first home run of the season on a ball hit to left center field. Later in the inning, Christian Wade got an RBI with a line drive single scoring D’Mytri Wiggs who hit a double to right center field earlier cutting the lead down to four. The Tigers were not able to scratch any more runs across the plate as the game ended in the bottom of the sixth inning when the Fighting Irish earned their 12th run to end the game.

“I was very disappointed in how our boys played,” Head Coach Drew Wilson commented. “We scored two earned runs in our six innings, and Aquinas earned only two of the 12 runs they scored. It should have been a 2-2 game heading into the seventh inning.

“When playing a quality opponent you have to play great in all aspects of the game – pitching, fielding, hitting, and base running. We were not able to execute defensively in this game. I thought Alex [Lamar] had his best stuff on the mound. He did a great job locating all of his pitches, and he was able to get the results we wanted. However, our defense was unable to execute the plays necessary to keep us in the game.”

Glascock – 8-7 – Glascock took the early lead in the first inning scoring one unanswered run. The Tigers responded in the bottom of the second inning when Evan Harper, courtesy runner for Wes Tanner who singled to get on base, scored on a passed ball to tie the game 1-1. Glascock answered back with five runs in the top of the third inning attaining a 6-1 lead over the Tigers. In the bottom of the third inning the Tigers were able to cut into the lead scoring three runs off errors and wild pitches narrowing the lead to two runs. Matt Shedd got an infield single to the shortstop in the bottom half of the fourth inning, and then proceeded to steal second base followed by two wild pitches giving the Tigers one more run cutting the lead down to two runs again after Glascock scored a run in the top half of the inning. The Tigers took their first lead of the game in the bottom of the fifth inning scoring three runs off of RBI singles by Alex Lamar, Christian Wade, and a fielders choice RBI by Matt Shedd giving the Tigers an 8-7 lead. Curt Gammon entered the game at pitcher in the top of the sixth inning making quick work in the final two frames giving up no runs on no hits and got the Save. Wes Tanner pitched five innings to get the win.

“I had a meeting with the team as they came off the field in the top of the third inning after giving up five runs,”Wilson said. “I could see the frustration on their faces after some mistakes were made in the field. My message to them was five runs is nothing for us to make up, we are better than how we are performing. Do not let your emotions get to you, and let’s just play baseball.

“I was proud of how we responded slowly eating away at their lead, and we finally took over the lead in the fifth. It was a struggle at the beginning of the game, it seemed as if every ball Glascock put in play found a hole. We couldn’t stop them at the plate, but eventually their hot bats wore down, and we were able to start producing runs later in the game.

“I thought we did a good job being aggressive on the bases and timely hitting definitely played a factor in our comeback victory. I believe this game will help our boys understand that no lead is too much for us to overcome if we keep our heads in the game and play ball.

“I am still waiting for our boys to show the community the team I see when I look at them. We haven’t put our best performance together yet, and we have an opportunity to be a great team if we can find a way to fulfill our potential on game day.”

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