By Jeremiah Reed
Sports Editor 

Tigers Show A Bit Of Rust In Loss To Polk County - Rosman, NC


April 27, 2017

Jeremiah Reed

Senior Harper Reese got the start on the mound for Rosman and went three innings, allowing just one hit and no runs. The Tigers celebrate Senior Day Friday against Swain County.

Before Tuesday's home game against Polk County, it had been 12 days since the Rosman Tigers took the field even longer for the team's seniors, who hadn't played in nearly two-and-a-half weeks.

That time off was evident against the Mustangs, as the Tigers never found their stride, going on to lose the non-conference game by a final of 3-2.

When the two teams met earlier this month on April 10, the Tigers pounded out 10 hits in their victory.

But the long layoff tempered the Rosman bats, as they only managed five hits, while striking out nine times on Tuesday.

Neither team had much of a bounce early in the game.

Tanner Ruff gave Rosman a 1-0 lead in the second off a hard hit ground ball to right field that scored Parker Mullen.

Harper Reese got the start on the mound for Rosman and while the senior struggled at times with control, he pitched three scoreless innings before Kameron Newman came in for middle relief.

Polk jumped on Newman out of the gate, recording three consecutive singles to load the bases with no outs, but Newman got two strikeouts and a ground out to escape unscathed.

Luke Stewart doubled the Tigers' lead in the fourth on a single that scored Tanner Powell.

Freshman Parker Mullen entered the game to pitch in the sixth and once again the Mustangs went after the fresh arm.

Parker hit the leadoff batter and found himself with the bases loaded and one out after a single and an error.

He then hit another batter that scored a run before the second error of the inning resulted in a tied game.

With the bases loaded, Parker dueled over eight pitches with the opposing batter, but ultimately gave up ball four, walking in a run and giving Polk the lead.

The Tigers got a couple of base runners over the final two innings, but never got into scoring position as the Mustangs took the win.

The nine strikeouts were the most by Rosman since a 10-2 loss to Murphy in March and their .286 on base percentage was the second lowest of the season.

The loss drops the Tigers' record to 12-6.

Rosman still sits in second place in the Smoky Mountain Conference and could lock up that standing with a win Friday against Swain County.

The Tigers will honor their seniors prior to the game against the Maroon Devils with the first pitch set for 5 p.m.

Jeremiah Reed

Freshman Tanner Ruff drove in one of the Tigers' two runs against Polk County on Tuesday. Ruff finished the game 1-3. A three-run sixth inning propelled the Mustangs to the 3-2 win.


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