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The Tigers picked up a run in the bot­tom of the third on a RBI-sin­gle to left by Keaton Kil­gro off Tro­jan re­liever Brandon Crane to make the score 5-3. The two teams were score­less in the fourth and fifth in­nings, set­ting the stage for the Tigers’ 11- run out­burst in the bot­tom of the sixth.

Ethan Teague led off the in­ning with a home run to left. Teague’s blast opened the flood gates for the other Tiger hit­ters.

“In the sixth in­ning, I be­lieve we got on the ball,” said Teague, who fin­ished the game go­ing 2- for- 3 with his homer and a dou­ble. He was also in­ten­tion­ally walked. “We started play­ing our best base­ball and we showed what we can do. Tues­day (a 7-2 loss at Gaylesville), we popped the ball up and we knew what we had to do. All day Wed­nes­day we worked on hit­ting the ball solid, hit­ting line drives. We all did great. I’m just proud to come out here and be a leader for ev­ery­body.”

Teague’s homer was the first of three shots the Tigers sent out of the park in the sixth. They sent 15 bat­ters to the plate against Crane in the in­ning.

“We’ve got a good ball club when we’re play­ing con­fi­dent and play­ing loose,” Kin­ney said.

“The kids will tell you pres­sure is for tires. When we put pres­sure on our­selves, that’s when we tend to fold. We’ve been telling our guys to just re­lax. We’ve been try­ing to do any­thing we can for them to make them just have fun. If we’re hav­ing fun, we’re a tough team to beat.”

Din­gler led the Tigers at the plate by go­ing 4-for-5 with a pair of dou­bles. Dob­bins went 3-for4. Bishop dou­bled, sin­gled and walked twice. Burt was 2-for-4, in­clud­ing his grand slam. Wil­son fin­ished with a pair of hits in­clud­ing his three-run shot.

Ben­theimer led the Tro­jans at the plate by go­ing 2-for-3 with a walk. Austin Stor­dahl also had a pair of hits and was hit by a pitch. Bray­den Stor­dahl and Crane both had a hit. Henry Steele earned four walks and was hit by a pitch.

“It is what is, but the good thing about it is we’ve got free base­ball,” Boyd said. “I’m ex­cited about that and I’m ex­cited for our kids.”

Added Kin­ney: “It’s good that we host be­cause no one wants to make that drive to South Lamar. I think we’ll get Holy Spirit here (next) Fri­day. That will be a good home crowd for us I’m sure. It’s al­ways good when you get to host and win your area. That’s great for our kids and our com­mu­nity.”

GAYLESVILLE — On April 11, the Tro­jans made sure Thurs­day’s game at Cedar Bluff would mean some­thing other than pride. They put the pres­sure on the Tigers and start­ing pitcher Keaton Kil­gro with a four-run bot­tom of the third in­ning in a 7-2 vic­tory.

The big blow of the in­ning was a two-run sin­gle by Devin Ben­theimer. Austin Stor­dahl added a run- scor­ing sin­gle to cen­ter. Lead­off hit­ter Bray­den Stor­dahl got the in­ning started with a sin­gle to cen­ter and later scored on a passed ball.

But the Tigers didn’t tuck their tails and go qui­etly.

They man­aged a pair of runs in the top of the fourth to trim the Tro­jan lead to 4-2.

Ross John­son led off the in­ning by reach­ing on a hit-by-pitch. Kil­gro fol­lowed with a RBI-dou­ble to left cen­ter. Ethan Teague later added a RBI-sin­gle to left off Tro­jan starter Colby Scott.

Gaylesville got a run back in the bot­tom half of the fifth on a RBI-sin­gle by Brandon Crane, then Crane put the ic­ing on the game in the bot­tom of the sixth with his two-run blast to left off Kil­gro.

Crane also slammed the door on the Tigers on the mound. He came in to re­lieve Scott in the fifth and tossed three in­nings of hit­less ball. He only al­lowed a walk to John­son in the top of the fifth.

“We knew what we had to come out here and do, and we had our minds set on do­ing it,” Crane said. “I don’t think we were ner­vous at all. We were ready to come out here today. Ev­ery­body was ready at the plate and ready in the field.”

Ben­theimer led the Tro­jans at the plate by go­ing 3- for- 4 with two RBIs. Crane and Bray­den Stor­dahl were both 2-for-3. Crane drove in three runs.

Scott picked up the win af­ter toss­ing four in­nings. He gave up both Tiger runs on five hits with no walks and three strike­outs.

“Colby has been our best pitcher over­all,” Boyd said.

“He’s pitched in some tough luck. He’s thrown a lot of in­nings for us. He gave us a chance to win the first game at Woodville, but he got beat 2-1. He pitched a whale of a game up there. We knew go­ing in today with this one he was go­ing to give us an­other great ef­fort.

“We got to the sit­u­a­tion where he’d thrown enough pitches, and they were about to come through with the lineup for a third time. We made a de­ci­sion that he had pitched well enough to win, so let’s pull him. We’ve got Brandon Crane who can throw lights out for us, and he came in and did ex­actly what he was sup­posed to do. He threw lights out and hit a big two- run home run for us.”

Kil­gro suf­fered the loss af­ter work­ing five in­nings. He fin­ished with five strike­outs.

Kil­gro also led the Tigers at the plate by go­ing 2-for-3 with a pair of dou­bles. John­son was 1-for1 with a sin­gle, a walk and hit by a pitch. Teague and Sa­muel Cosby both had a hit apiece.

Shannon Fa­gan /

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