Tigers Bounce Bobcats From Baseball Playoffs
ROSMAN, N.C. On Friday evening the Tigers rallied from a 2-0 deficit with six runs to bounce Blue Ridge from the 1-A baseball playoffs.
Rosman scored two in the fifth to knot the game at two apiece before tacking on insurance runs in the top of the sixth and seventh.
The Bobcats scored in the home half of the second on a leadoff double and two-out single.
They tacked on their second run in the bottom of the fourth on a trio of two-out singles.
The Tigers, meanwhile, threatened in almost every inning.
In the top of the second Jay Hale walked and went to second on T. James Henderson’s single.
Aaron Newman hit into a fielder’s choice that saw Hale out at third. Eric Turner followed with a fielder’s choice to end the inning.
James Hendricks reached scoring position in the top of the third with a two-out double, but was stranded there on a ground-out.
The Tigers then did their damage in the top of the fifth.
Clay Dotson singled to centerfield with two outs and stole second.
James Hendricks then singled in Dotson with a hit to left field.
Hendricks advanced to second and scored on an error that allowed Dylan Zachary to reach. That tied the game at two apiece.
The Bobcats hit a two-out single in the home half of the fifth, but were retired on a fly-out to centerfield.
In the top of the sixth, the Tigers added an insurance run.
Noah Poteat reached on an error, stole second and advanced to third on Henderson’s double to left field. Poteat was tagged out at home trying to score.
Henderson then stole third and scored the go-ahead run on a single to left-centerfield by Eric Turner.
The Bobcats went down in order in the home half of the sixth before the Tigers erupted for three runs on four hits.
Dotson led off with a triple to right field and scored on a double by Zachary.
Hale singled, moving Zachary to third, where he scored on a sacrifice fly by Poteat.
Henderson then singled to right-centerfield to score Hale for a 6-2 Tiger lead.
Zachary then struck out the Bobcats in order to close out the contest. He finished with 17 strikeouts and two earned runs.
Henderson led the offense with a 3-for-4 performance, scoring one run and driving in one.
Hale was 2-for-3 with a run scored.
Dotson and Hendricks were each 2-for-4. Hendricks scored once and drove in a run, while Dotson scored twice.
The Tigers now advance to the second round, where they will travel to Smoky Mountain Conference rival Hayesville (19-1). The Yellow Jackets beat Hiwassee 14-0 on Friday. First pitch is set for 7 p.m.