The Upperman Bees scored three runs in the top of the fifth inning, which broke a 1-1 tie, and propelled the visitors to a 4-1 district victory over the host, DeKalb County Tigers, Monday night in Smithville.
The Tigers held the game's first lead, as Cody Atnip drove in a run in the bottom of the third inning on a fielder's choice that plated John Malone. Upperman answered with a run in top of the fourth on an RBI double by Brandon Madewell. The Bees then scratched three runs off Tiger starter, Trey Finley, in the fifth, fueled by Johnny Miller's RBI double. The Tigers out-hit the Bees, 5 to 4, but were unable to put any more runs on the board in the last three innings.
Finley went the complete seven innings and allowed the four Upperman runs - all earned - on four hits. The lefty struck out 12 batters, walked six and hit a batter. Miller was the winning pitcher for the Bees, as he went the full seven innings, allowed one earned run on five hits, struck out seven and walked two.
At the plate for the Tigers, Destry Wiggins had two singles, Colt Stewart had a double, while Malone and Joseph Bowen each tallied a single.
The Tigers suffer their first loss of the season, and drop to 6-1 overall, 2-1 in the district. DeKalb County and Upperman will square off again Tuesday in Baxter. Game time is set for 5:00 p.m.