|Macon County Tigers Fall Back|
|Written by Mark Darnell|
|Tuesday, April 17, 2012|
The Macon County High School Baseball team has hit a road-bump mid way through the season. This past week they dropped two crucial district contests dropping them into a tie for third in District 9AA. They also managed to pick up two non-district wins.
On Monday the 9th, the Tigers hosted 9AA rival Sycamore. After allowing Sycamore a run in the top of the first, Austin Taft led off with a single and Austin Craighead moved him into scoring position with a sacrifice bunt. Ian Whittemore then roped a single to the gap and scored Taft making the score 1-1. Sycamore would pick up two more runs and lead 3-1 in the middle of the 6th inning. Then Austin Craighead walked and Ian Whittemore collected his second RBI with a double and narrowed the Macon deficit to one run. The War Eagles would plate another run in the 7th to have a 4-2 advantage. In the bottom of the 7th, Jacob McClard walked, Shane Hesson reached on an error, Tyler Clark walked to load the bases. Taft hit a single, scoring McClard, and Austin Craighead hit a fielder’s choice, scoring Hesson. With the game tied 4-4 the Tigers went into extra innings. Sycamore was able to score in the top of the 8th and hold the Tigers and collect the win by a final score of 5-4.
Macon County would travel to Sycamore on Tuesday the 10th for the return match. Macon County would draw first blood but would eventually lose by a final score of 5-9. The Tigers would collect 10 hits and commit one error but give up 14 hits and benefit from one error as well.
On Thursday the 12th Macon County hosted Clay County. Tiger Pitcher Johnny Brown gets the win as MCHS manages to plate 15 runs. Just about everybody got to play in this won and the final score was 15-1.
The Tigers closed out the week on Saturday the 14th for the third contest of the year with Trousdale County. Austin Craighead had a big day, pitching 5 innings and getting the win while going 2 for 4 from the plate. Andrew Kempf got the save and hit a big two run homer while Tyler Kemp went 2 for 3 with two RBIs. The Tigers claim the third battle with the Yellow Jackets by a score of 8-5.
This week Macon is scheduled to play at home against Goodpasture on Monday the 16th and at Goodpasture the following day. They will travel to DeKalb Co. on Thursday the 19th and also travel to Red Boiling to play the Bulldogs on Friday the 20th.