Tigers, Warriors split

Published 12:01 am Saturday, March 9, 2013

Straughn third-baseman Lane Sirmon (right) gets ready while a pitch is delivered home during the first game Friday night. | Andrew Garner/Star-News

Straughn bounced back from a rocky start and split with Dale County on Friday night.

The Tigers and Warriors went back and forth through the first four innings of game one, but DCHS tacked on five runs in the last two innings and held SHS scoreless to win 11-6.

In game two, the Tigers scored four runs in the bottom of the second inning on a passed ball, a hit and an error to take a lead they would never relinquish in the 00-00 victory.

With the split, Straughn moves to 6-5 overall on the season. The Tigers will be back in action on Monday as they visit rival Andalusia for a doubleheader.

Straughn 12, Dale County 2 (6 innings)

Straughn scored five runs in the sixth inning over the Warriors to force the split

The Tigers led 5-2 after the third inning, and scored one each in the fourth and fifth before the big sixth.

Tigers starting pitcher Chase Short got out of some tight jams early in the game, with his command being too much for DCHS for the win. Rollin Kinsaul came in in relief to get the save.

Third-baseman Lane Sirmon hit an RBI double to score Johnny Owens to get the scoring going in the second inning.

Straughn’s Brennan Head reached on a throwing error from short stop Trey McMillian, and Sirmon advanced to third to put runners at the corners.

Taylor Messick was hit by a pitch to load the bases.

On a grounder from Straughn’s Daryl George, Sirmon and Head went on to score because of McMillian’s over throw to first base.

With his quick speed, George made it all the way to third because Messick walked in on a passed ball to put SHS ahead 4-1.

Dale County would strike back in the top half of the third when Jeffery Whatley drilled a solo home run to cut the lead to 4-2.

The Tigers added another run in the bottom of the third on an RBI single from Sirmon.

Sirmon’s grounder scored Owens, who reached on a single and advanced to third on Kinsaul’s hit, and SHS led 5-2 after three complete.

Dale County 11, Straughn 6

Warriors pitcher Wade Castle pitched five innings while giving up six runs on 10 hits and striking out one to get the win.

DCHS leaped out to a 4-0 lead in the top of the first inning on two hits and an error.

Hayden Friesen and Dyland Gulledge reached on back-to-back singles to start the inning. With no outs, Edgar — who started for SHS on the mound — walked McMillian to load the bases.

Castle then got a bunt down and Edgar tried for the out at home, but missed the catcher for the error.

Gulledge then scored on Colby Horne’s single, and McMillian and Horne later came around on Zach Baiblitz’s two-run hit.

In the top half of the first, George reached on a single and Edgar reached on a walk to start the inning.

George scored on Short’s sac-fly to center field, and Edgar scored on an error to cut the game to 4-2.

Owens then was hit by a pitch, and later came in on Sirmon’s single. Kinsaul tied the game at 4-all with a single to score Sirmon.

The Warriors scored two runs in the top of the second inning to take their second lead of the game.

SHS tied the game at 6-6 on two swings — a double from Edgar that scored Messick; and a triple from Short that scored Edgar — in the bottom of the fourth.

DCHS went ahead 9-6 in the top of the fifth, thanks to an RBI single from McMillian, a sac-fly by Horne and an error.

The Warriors scored two runs in the sixth on one hit.

Straughn finished strong with Beau Spivey on the mound in the top of the seventh.

Spivey struck out two.

Short, Kinsaul, Sirmon, Head and George went 2-for-4 each to lead SHS.

McMillian went 2-for-3 with three RBIs; Gulledge went 2-for-3 with two RBIs; Horne with 1-for-2 with two RBIs; and Baiblitz went 2-for-3 with two RBIs to lead DCHS.