The DeKalb County High School Tiger baseball team pounded out 13 hits, and blasted the visiting Smith County Owls, 13-2, Monday afternoon, in Smithville. The win ran the Tigers' record to 6-1 overall, and to 3-0 in district play. The Tigers and Owls are slated to meet again, Tuesday evening, in Carthage.
The Owls got on the board first, as they scored on back-to-back doubles in the top of the first inning, but DeKalb County answered with three runs in the bottom of the inning on back-to-back RBI base hits by Tyler Kent and Tyler Caldwell. Kent ended up 3-for-3 on the day, with two doubles, a single and three RBI. Caldwell had two singles and a pair of RBI.
DeKalb County added another run in the second inning on Cody Atnip's RBI single, then posted three more runs in the third on run-scoring hits by Shane Salley and Destry Wiggins. The Tigers blew the game open with a six-run outburst in the bottom of the fourth inning, and the game ended in the fifth, due to the ten-run rule.
Garrett Hoke pitched five strong innings for DC to earn the win. The junior allowed two runs on five hits, struck out two and hit a batter. Josh Johnston took the loss for the Owls, as he allowed seven runs on eight hits through three innings, struck out two and walked two.
Atnip had a 3-for-3 day, with two singles, a double and an RBI. Salley belted a triple, a double and had one RBI. Wiggins had an RBI double, Jesse Sutton tallied a single and an RBI, Corey Atnip added a single, while McCullough Wallace drove in one run.
Game time between the TIgers and Owls, Tuesday in Carthage, is 4:00 p.m.