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Tiger baseball underway


It is that time of year when baseball picks up around Macon County. The Macon County High Tigers began their 2024 campaign this week with four games.

On Monday March 11th the Tigers hosted Smith County. Macon jumped out to a 1-0 lead after three innings but unearned runs in the top of the 4th sunk their chances. Smith County hangs on to win 4-2 in the Tiger home opener.

Senior Jacob Hunt pitched a pretty good game going the distance of seven innings and scattering four hits and 11 strike-outs and allowing only one earned run. Braxton Lloyd, Hayden Dean, Braylon Flowers and Gage Jones recorded the only hits for the Tigers with Jordan Rogers and Matthew Wheeley scoring the two runs.

The next day the Tigers made the return trip to Smith County. The Owls scored two runs in the first, third and fourth innings enroute to a 7-1 win. The Tigers committed five errors in the game.

Kaden Woodard, Dean, Wheeley, Hayes Polston, and Landon Conner collected hits while Flowers scored the lone run. Hunter Patterson was the pitcher of record, throwing 3 1/3 innings allowing five hits and three earned runs. Landon Connor came on in relief and threw 2 2/3 innings allowing one hit and one earned run.

On Wednesday March 13th the Tigers traveled to Westmoreland to take on the Eagles. The Tigers jumped out to a 3-0 lead thru five innings but the Eagles plated four runs in the last two innings to take the 4-3 win.

Chase Keene and Landon Conner had home runs in the game with Patterson scoring the third run. Braylon Flowers pitched six innings allowing five hits and only giving up one earned run with seven strike-outs. Braxton Lloyd threw 2/3 of an inning facing only four batters.

The Tigers closed out the week with a home game against DeKalb County. DeKalb just managed to squeak out a few more hits which led to just a few more hits. Macon losses this one 5-1.

Matthew Wheeley threw five innings and gave up six hits and three earned runs facing 22 batters. Chase Keene came on and threw two innings and gave up three hits and no earned runs. Jake Meador, Connor and Hunt collected the only hits for the Tigers with Keene scoring the lone run.

This week Macon is scheduled to host Jackson County on Mar 18 then travel to Gainesboro on Mar 19. They will travel to Clay County on Mar 21 and host Springfield on Mar 22. All these games are scheduled for a 5 pm start. With a blast from the past, Macon will travel to Allen Co, KY for an 11 am Saturday game on Mar 23rd.