The DeKalb County High School Tiger baseball team rallied from a 4-1 fifth inning deficit, Tuesday night, and used a nine-run outburst in the bottom of the fifth to power past Macon County, 12-4, in their second regular season district match-up.
The Tigers scored a run in the bottom of the first inning, and held the 1-0 advantage until Macon tied the game with a run in the top of the third inning. The visitors parlayed an RBI single by Kyle Grace and three DeKalb County errors into a three-run fourth inning, as Macon went on top, 4-1.
DeKalb County blew the game open in the bottom of the fifth, however, using 14 at bats, five base hits and six walks to put up nine runs and take a 10-4 lead. Colt Stewart put the icing on the cake for the Tigers in the bottom of the sixth, as he blasted a two-run home run - his third of the year - which gave DC a 12-4 advantage.
Bray Page earned the win on the mound for the Tigers, as he pitched the full seven innings, allowed four runs, two earned, on six hits, struck out 11 Macon County batters, walked four and hit a batter. Page put the exclamation point on the victory by striking out the side in the top of the seventh inning.
Cody Murphy suffered the loss for Macon County, as he started and worked the first four and one-third innings. Murphy allowed five runs on four hits, struck out five and walked five before being replaced in the fifth inning by Terry King. King, in two-thirds of an inning, allowed seven runs on four hits, struck out one and walked four. Kevin Garnett closed out the game for the Macon Tigers, allowing no runs or hits, while striking out two and walking two.
At the plate for DeKalb County, Cody Atnip had two doubles, a single and two RBI. Bray Page had two singles and two RBI. Colt Stewart had a home run and two RBI. Destry Wiggins had a triple and two RBI. Jesse Sutton had a single and an RBI, while Joseph Bowen and Corey Atnip each had an RBI.
The win gives Tiger coach Scott Odom 200 career coaching victories, as the team improves to 10-3 overall on the season, and to 5-3 in district play. The Tigers are scheduled to host Sequatchie County, Thursday at 5:00 p.m.