The Cannon County Lions scored six runs in the top of the fifth inning, and rolled past the DeKalb County Tiger baseball team, 9-4, Monday in Smithville.
The big blow came on a one-out, three-run double by Austin Parker, after the Tigers had committed a pair of errors, earlier in the fifth. That gave the Lions a 9-2 lead, and the Tigers managed to only add a run in the bottom of the fifth and one in the sixth.. DeKalb County left six runners stranded in scoring position.
Shane Salley took the pitching loss for DC, as he started and worked the game's first five innings. Salley retired the side in each of the first two innings, and struck out four of the first six batters he faced, but the Lions struck for two runs in the top of the third on a two-run single by Trent Fagan. Cannon County tagged Salley for another run in the third, on an RBI fly-out by Colin Jones.
DeKalb County answered with two runs in the bottom of the third, as Tyler Kent scored on an error, and Tyler Caldwell came home on an RBI fly-out by McCullough Wallace. The Tigers were down 3-2, when the Lions blew the game open with the six-run fifth inning.
Corey Atnip drove in DC's third run on an RBI single in the bottom of the fifth, which scored Cody Atnip. Jesse Sutton then plated Salley on an RBI groundout in the bottom of the sixth. The TIgers left two runners stranded on base in the bottom of the seventh.
Evan Sharp pitched seven strong innings to earn the win for Cannon County. Sharp allowed all four Tiger runs on nine hits and struck out ten batters. Tyler Kent pitched the final two innings for the Tigers, allowed two hits and struck out two.
DeKalb County drops to 6-3 overall and to 3-2 in the district, while Cannon County improves to 4-6 overall and to 3-2 against district competition. DeKalb and Cannon are slated to play again on Tuesday, at 5:00 p.m., in Woodbury.