Corey Atnip drove in the winning run on a sacrifice fly in the top of the seventh inning, and the DeKalb County High School Tiger baseball team edged Cannon County, 5-4, in the district opener for both teams, Monday in Woodbury.
Each team plated a run in the first inning, but the Tigers grabbed a 2-1 lead in the top of the second. The Lions went up 3-2 with two runs in the bottom of the third, but DeKalb answered with two runs in the top of the fourth inning on a two-run home run by Trey Finley, which gave the Tigers a 4-3 advantage. Cannon County tied the game with a run in the bottom of the sixth, but Atnip's RBI put the Black and Gold back on top in the seventh. Bray Page came in to pitch in the seventh and shut the Lions out on one hit to record the save.
Page also struck out one batter in relief of Finley, who earned the win on the mound. Finley pitched the first six innings and allowed the four Cannon County runs, three earned, on three hits, struck out ten batters and walked nine.
DeKalb County had seven hits in the contest, led by Page and Cody Atnip, each with a single and a double. Finley had a home run, Destry Wiggins ripped a double, while Corey Atnip had a single. Finley had two RBI, while Cody Atnip, Corey Atnip and Zack Rowland each had one RBI.
The Tigers improve to 4-0 overall on the season, and open district play 1-0. The Lions are 2-2 overall and 0-1 in the district. The two teams will play again Tuesday at 5:00 p.m. in Smithville.