The DeKalb County High School Tiger baseball team won three out of their four scheduled games at the Sequatchie Valley Clash Classic, over the weekend.
The Tigers thumped Grace Academy, 9-1, followed by a 4-3 win over Franklin County. The Tigers third win came over host, Sequatchie County, 1-0, but Marion County ended the local team's unbeaten run through the tournament, with a 7-5 win, Saturday evening.
DeKalb County jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead over Grace Academy, Friday afternoon, with a pair of runs in the top of the first inning. The Golden Eagles plated their lone run in the bottom of the first. The Tigers added two more runs in the top of the third, three more runs in the fifth, and two insurance runs in the top of the sixth inning. The game was called after six innings, due to the two-hour time limit.
Zack Rowland pitched six innings of four-hit ball, struck out eight, walked one and hit a batter. Rowland backed his pitching effort with two doubles, a single and four RBI at the plate. Bray Page smacked a single and a triple. Corey Atnip and Cody Atnip each had a single and one RBI. Destry Wiggins, John Malone and Trey Finley had a single apiece, while Joseph Bowen and Colt Stewart each tallied an RBI.
In the second game, the Tigers jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the top of the second inning over Franklin County, but the Rebels put up a two-spot in the bottom of the third. DeKalb County never relinquished the lead, however, as the Tigers put up a run in the top of the fourth, while Franklin County tallied a run in the bottom of the fourth. The game ended after five innings, due to the time limit.
John Malone went the full five innings on the mound for the win. Malone allowed the three runs, two earned, on four hits, struck out two, walked two and hit two batters.
At the plate, Corey Atnip hit a solo home run, his third of the season. Malone had two singles. Wiggins, Rowland and Finley each had an RBI single, while Page, Stewart and Cody Atnip each added a single.
Bray Page pitched a seven inning no-hitter in the Tigers' 1-0 victory over Sequatchie County. The no-hitter was the third for the Tigers, this season. Page struck out seven batters and hit one.
The Tigers had only two hits - a single apiece by John Malone and Cody Atnip - and the team scored the game's only run on a passed ball in the top of the fourth inning.
DeKalb County dropped their final game of the two-day event, as Marion County held off a fierce Tiger rally for a 7-5 victory.
The Warriors plated a run in the bottom of the first inning, but DC answered with a run in the top of the second to tie the game. Marion County took a 4-1 lead, with a three-spot in the bottom of the third inning. Three more runs in the bottom of the fourth gave the Warriors a 7-1 advantage, but DeKalb County stormed back with two runs in each the fifth and sixth innings. The comeback attempt was cut off, however, as the game ended after six innings.
Garrett Hoke suffered the loss on the mound for the Tigers, as he started and worked 4 1/3 innings. Hoke allowed seven runs, six earned, on eight hits, struck out one, walked one, and hit a batter. Tyler Kent pitched the final inning and two-thirds, allowing no runs or hits while striking out one hitter.
At the plate, Trey Finley hit his second home run of the season and had two RBI. Colt Stewart had a single, a double and two RBI. Joseph Bowen had two singles, while Bray Page and John Malone each had one single.
The Tigers are scheduled to play at Livingston Academy on Monday, then host the Wildcats Tuesday, in their final regular season district series. The Tigers are 6-4 in district play, and can clinch second place in the final district standings with a sweep of the Wildcats. WJLE plans to broadcast Tuesday's game live.