Owls edge Tigers, 5-4, in district clash

April 15, 2008

The Smith County Owls took advantage of three unearned runs in the top of the sixth inning, and held off the DeKalb County Tigers, 5-4, in Smithville Tuesday night.

The Owls scored a run in the top of the first inning on an RBI single by Timmy Bush, but the Tigers answered with a run of their own in the bottom of the first on an RBI double by Zack Rowland. Neither team scored again until the fifth inning, when the Owls took the lead on a run scored on a wild pitch by Brandon Johnston.

DeKalb County came back, again, in the bottom of the inning, and tied the game, 2-2, on an RBI double by Cody Atnip. Bray Page followed Atnip's rip with an RBI single, which gave the Tigers a 3-2 advantage.

Smith County put a runner on third with two outs in the top of the sixth inning, and Tiger starter, Trey Finley, appeared to have struck out Joshua Johnston to end the inning. The third strike, however, went in the dirt, allowing runners to advance. The ball caromed away from Tiger catcher, Joseph Bowen, and Ryan Allen came in from third to tie the game. Finley then loaded the bases with a walk and a hit batsman, and two more runs came in to score on another hit batsmen and walk, which gave the Owls a 5-3 lead.

The Tigers posted a run on a two-out RBI single by Corey Atnip in the bottom of the seventh to cut the deficit to 5-4. John Malone came in to retire the side in the seventh, but DeKalb County went down in order in the bottom of the seventh, as their rally came up short.

Finley went 5 1/3 innings on the mound and took the loss for the Tigers. The senior allowed all five runs, two earned, on seven hits, struck out ten, walked four and hit three batters. Page worked one-third of an inning, struck out one and walked one, while Malone struck out two in his one inning of work.

At the plate for the Tigers, Rowland smacked two doubles and had one RBI. Page ripped two singles with an RBI. Cody Atnip had a double and an RBI, Corey Atnip had a single and an RBI, while Jesse Sutton had one single.

The Tigers drop to 10-4 overall, and to 5-4 in district play. DeKalb County will play at Smith County, Wednesday afternoon, at 4:30 p.m.

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