Tigers fall short in 8AA Tournament
The Macon County Tigers made it to the finals of their side of the district tournament but just couldn’t beat the team that put them in the bottom half of the bracket.
As we reported last week, the Cannon County Lions defeated the Tigers on May 3rd by a score of 3-0. This would put the Tigers in the loser’s bracket of the double elimination tournament.
Macon would now face the Livingston Academy Wildcats on Monday May 6th. Macon jumped out to a 3-0 lead after two innings and held on to get the 5-4 victory. Senior Trent Cook wne the distance on the mound, hurling all seven innings and allowing eleven hits, four earned runs, and five strike-outs. Oakley Stinson went 2 for 3 in the game and Isaac Belton, Ty Lowhorn, Hayden Blankenship, Connor Trent, and Cameron Mercer scored runs.
That would setup a meeting against Watertown to see who would come out of the loser’s bracket on May 7th. The Tigers fell behind early and trailed the entire game. Despite being down 0-4 after two innings they managed to battle back and tie the game 5-5 after the regulation seven innings. In the bottom of the 8th inning with no outs and runners on first and second, Belton was able to advance to third on a passed ball. Then with one out Connor Trent came to the plate and was able to execute the suicide squeeze with Belton for the win. Final score Maocn 6 Watertown 5.
Logan Thompson got the win for the Tigers. He threw eight innings and gave-up five hits, two earned runs, and had three strike-outs. Belton and Mercer were both 2 for 3 and scored runs.
So the Tigers advanced out of the bottom half of the bracket to face Cannon County on May 7th again to see who would advance. The Tigers were in this game early and trailed 2-4 after four innings. Then the Lions strung together a few hits and walks and managed to score four runs in the top of the 5th. Cannon County won by a final score of 8-3.
Kade Allen went 2 for 4 and scored a run while Isaac Meador was 2 for 4 with two RBIs. In the game Belton was the pitcher of record and he threw 4 2/3 innings allowing five hits, four earned runs, and seven strike-outs. Jordon Steen came on in relief and threw 1 1/3 innings and allowed one hit.
With the loss this ends the 2019 season. Congratulations to the 2019 MCHS Tigers.