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Mountain Island Upsets Rosman In First Round Loss

 

May 14, 2018

Jeremiah Reed

Kameron Newman gets congratulations from a teammate after scoring from third base on a throwing error during Rosman's first round game against Mountain Island last Wednesday.

It was about as tough a way to lose a game, and end a season, as you could imagine.

Down 6-5 in the bottom of the seventh, the Rosman Tigers had no outs and the bases loaded in their first round 1A playoff game against Mountain Island Charter School.

But despite the table being set, the Tigers couldn't come up with the timely hit they needed and the Raptors handed Rosman their second straight loss in the first round of the playoffs.

Mountain Island took a 1-0 lead off an RBI double in the first inning before Rosman scored three runs in the bottom of the second – two off errors and one off an RBI single from Luke Stewart.

However, Mountain Island got a pair of singles to start the top of the third and Mikey McRorie blasted a three-run homer to right field moments later, putting the Raptors back in front, 4-3.

The visitors scored again three batters later on an infield throwing error, making it 5-3.

Mountain Island added another run off a sacrifice fly in the top of the fourth.

The Tigers managed to get one run back in the bottom of the fifth, as Kameron Newman scored following a throwing error from the Raptors' shortstop.

Mountain Island threatened again in the bottom of the inning, loading the bases with two outs, but Tanner Powell made a sliding grab on a fly ball to left field to keep it a three-run game.

But the Tigers couldn't get anything going in the bottom of the sixth and entered the bottom of the seventh needing three runs to keep their season alive.

The Raptors tried to close out the game with Kyle Holcomb, who entered the game in the bottom of the sixth for relief.

But Holcomb walked Parker Mullen in the lead-off spot and beaned Newman on the next at bat, forcing the visitors to go to the bullpen again.

Kai Hansen entered the game, only for Marcus Stamey to step up and lace a single down the left field line, loading the bases and bringing the home crowd to life.

Hansen got ahead of Tanner Ballard, 0-2, in the next at bat, but lost his control again and ended up walking in a run, cutting the lead to 6-5.

With the game seemingly there for the taking, it looked as if the Tigers were going to escape with a win.

Jeremiah Reed

Second baseman Luke Stewart throws to first for a double play as a Raptors' baserunner slides into the bag. Mountain Island built a 6-3 lead in the game, hanging on to win, 6-5.

Luke Stewart was the first to get a chance, and the junior ripped a hard-hit ground ball to third base, which was fielded cleanly and thrown to home to get the lead runner and keep the game at 6-5.

Tanner Powell fell behind 0-2 in the next at bat before hitting a soft pop up to second base for the second out of the inning.

With the game on the line, Timothy Pruitt was inserted to pinch hit and drove up a 2-2 pitch up the middle.

However, the Raptors' shortstop made a clean play on the ball and stepped on second base to close out the win for Mountain Island.

The final three Tigers stranded to end the game were part of 10 total baserunners left on base on the day for Rosman.

Mullen, Newman, Stamey and Stewart all had two hits on the day.

Stewart and Tanner Ballard both had one RBI each.

The loss brings an end to the Tigers' season, as they finish 2018 with a 15-6-1 record.

 
 

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