Opp, Straughn split on diamond
Published 12:05 am Wednesday, March 2, 2016
The Opp Bobcats picked up a 12-1 win over the Straughn Tigers in game one Tuesday night at Opp’s Merchant Field, but the Tigers fought back to knock off the Bobcats 10-2 in game two.
Orlando Lacey got the start on the mound for the Bobcats in the first game and picked up the win for the Bobcats.
Shane Jones, however, got the Tigers on the board first when he ripped an RBI double into left field that allowed Riley Eiland to score.
In the bottom of the first inning, Lacey got on to start the inning and later came around to score on an error to tie the game at 1-1.
Alex White then put the Bobcats up 3-1 when he ripped a single into the outfield.
Dylan Dee added to the lead in the bottom of the third inning with an RBI triple and later came around to score on a two-RBI double off the bat of Parker Bracke. Evan King then singled in a run to give the Bobcats 7-1 lead.
The Bobcats got RBIs from Dee, Bracke, King and two RBIs from Cody Anderson.
In the second game, Barrett Bush got things started for the Tigers with a line-drive base hit to start the game.
Eiland then dropped a perfect bunt down the first base line to move Bush over to second base.
Bush then stole third base when he caught the Bobcat pitcher napping on the mound.
Campbell Hudson then drove a fly ball to right field for an out, but the ball was deep enough to allow Bush to score to put the Tigers on top 1-0.
Hudson picked up a pair of RBIs in the top of the second inning to give Straughn a 4-0 lead.
The Bobcats battled back in the bottom of the second inning when Anderson drew a lead-off walk.
A sacrifice bunt from Bracke moved the runner over to second base.
Talon Flowers then stepped in with two outs and delivered a looping line drive into right field that pushed Anderson across from second.
In the bottom of the fourth inning, Lacey drew a one-out walk and then stole second before coming around to score on a passed ball a few pitches later.
After the Bobcats cut the lead in half in the bottom of the fourth inning, the Tigers came out strong in the top of the fifth inning.
A strikeout started the Tigers’ turn at the plate, but a single from Brock Hammett got things started for Straughn with one out.
Matt Worley was then plunked with a pitch. After another strikeout, Gill Morgan singled to right to give the Tigers a 5-2 lead.
Mitchell Schultz then picked up an RBI off an infield single to put Straughn up 6-2. Morgan then scored on a passed ball to give the Tigers a 7-2 advantage.
Hudson added to his already strong night with a run scoring double with one out in the top of the sixth inning.
Hank Peeples then picked up an RBI on a bases loaded walk to put the Tigers up 9-2.
Straughn added another run in the top of the seventh inning to give them a 10-2 victory.