Tigers salvage split with Smith

April 18, 2008

The DeKalb County Tiger baseball team claimed a 7-4 win over the Smith County Owls in nine innings in Carthage, Wednesday afternoon, earning a split in their two-game series with their district foe. The Owls topped the Tigers, 5-4, in Smithville on Tuesday.

The Tigers scored two runs in the top of the third inning, but the Owls came back with a run in the bottom of the inning. DeKalb took a 4-1 lead with two more runs in the top of the fourth, but the Owls gradually chipped away the lead with one run in each the fifth, sixth and seventh innings.

Zack Rowland drove in the go-ahead run in the top of the ninth inning, and the Tigers tacked on two more insurance runs to take a three-run lead. Bray Page, who earned the win on the mound for DC, shut down the Owls in the bottom of the ninth, as the Tigers took home the win. Page struck out ten batters, walked four and hit a batter.

At the plate, the Tigers had 12 hits including a two-run homer for Page. Destry Wiggins had two singles and two RBI. Joseph Bowen had two singles, a double and an RBI. John Malone had a single and a double. Tyler Caldwell had a double and an RBI, while Rowland had an RBI single. Cody Atnip and Corey Atnip rounded out the attack with a double and a single, respectively.

The Tigers improve to 11-5 overall, and to 6-4 in district play. DeKalb County is scheduled to host Red Boiling Springs, Saturday, at noon.

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