Luverne Tigers come out swinging as season opens

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, March 14, 2007

On February 19, the Luverne High School varsity baseball team opened their season in Elba , splitting a doubleheader.

The Tigers lost a close one in the opener, 5-4 to Elba. Four players contributed two hits each to pave the way for the Tigers. Clay Sanders had a double and

a single and two RBI's, while Monterio May added a double, a single and one RBI. Dalton Greer chipped in a two-bagger and a single while Davis Lester added two singles and one ribbie. Jacob Sexton, Andrew Smith and Matthew Sipper each had a one-bagger.

Lester headed the charge for the Tigers with a perfect 3 for 3, contributing three singles and an RBI, as the visitors took the second half of the twin bill 9-6. Micah Wallace added a four-bagger and a single and two RBI's, while Jacob Sexton , Monterio May, Chase Free and Chad Free each chipped in a single.

On February 22, LHS played host to the Ariton Purple Cats. Spotting them an early lead, the Tigers came back late to take a 10-7 win. Chase Free paved the way with a round-tripper and a single and two RBI's while Dalton Greer helped his own cause with a double and a single and one RBI. Clay Sanders and Evan Richardson had two hits apiece while Jacob Sexton, Monterio May, Davis Lester and Andrew Smith added one each.

On February 27, the Tigers hosted the Brantley Bulldogs, going eight innings before pulling out the opener 6-5, as Davis Lester singled in the winning run in the bottom half of the inning. Chase Free led the Tigers with a double and three singles while Jacob Sexton added a double and two singles. Sexton also picked up the win in the first game. Clay Sanders and Monterio May added a pair of hits each, while Dalton Greer had one and two RBI's.

In the nightcap, Monterio May had a big night in the 9-5 victory for the Tigers, tripling twice, knocking in two runs and pitching six strong innings to pick up the win. Davis Lester was a perfect 4 for 4 with a triple, double and two singles, while Jacob Sexton, Micah Wallace and Lamar Gibson each added two hits. Clay Sanders tallied one hit on the night.

The Tigers travel to Brantley on Thursday to take on the Bulldogs in a doubleheader beginning at 2:30 p.m.