The Smith County Owls erupted for eight first inning runs, and held off a furious mid-inning rally by the DeKalb County Tigers to take a 12-10 win in the two teams' meeting on Tuesday in Carthage. The Tigers romped the Owls, 13-2, Monday in Smithville.
McCullough Wallace took the pitching loss for the Tigers, who jumped ahead 1-0 in the top of the first, only to have the hosts storm back for an eight-run outburst in in the bottom of the inning. DeKalb posted four runs in the top of the third inning to pull to within three, at 8-5, but the Owls countered with two runs of their own in the bottom of the inning. DC scored four more runs in the top of the fourth inning, then tied the game with a run in the top of the fifth, but Smith County scored two runs in the bottom of the inning to go ahead, 12-10. Neither team scored the rest of the way, and the Owls sent the Tigers to their first loss of the season in district play.
DeKalb County pounded out nine hits, including two singles and two RBI for Tyler Kent. Jesse Sutton smacked a solo home run. Destry Wiggins, Travis Neal, Cody Atnip, Corey Atnip, Tyler Caldwell and Shane Salley each had one single. Neal drove in two runs, while Cody Atnip, Corey Atnip, Caldwell and Salley all had one RBI apiece.
The Tigers drop to 6-2 overall and to 3-1 in district play. DeKalb County is scheduled to play at Watertown in a non-district game, Friday, at 4:30 p.m.