Fighting till the finish

Published 12:05 am Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Senior Shane Jones homered in his final game at Straughn.

Senior Shane Jones homered in his final game at Straughn.

After falling behind 4-0 to Red Level, the Straughn Tigers’ rallied for a 12-4 victory Monday in Straughn.

In the top of the first inning, Dylan Jordan walked with one out and moved to second on single by Colten Dorman.

Jeffery Perdue was then hit-by-a-pitch to load the bases for Red Level.

Dalton Ainsworth ripped a double to left that put Red Level on top 2-0.

The visiting Tigers picked up two more runs off a single to left from Dameyune Scott.

On the mound for Red Level, Jordan got the first batter to ground out, but then walked Brock Hammett and hit Campbell Hudson to give Straughn a pair of base runners.

With a few ducks on the pond, Shane Jones smashed three-run blast over the fence in left to cut the Red Level lead down to 4-3.

Jordan picked two strikeouts to put and end to the Straughn opening frame.

On the mound for Straughn, Barrett Bush got a ground out and two strikeouts in the second inning.

Straughn tied the game and took the lead in the bottom of the second inning.

Hammett got things going with a one-out single and then scored off a double from Hudson.

Jones was then plunked and Matt Worley drew a walk to load the bases.

Mitch Schultz then drove in Hudson with on fielder’s choice and gave Straughn a 5-4 lead.

Bush had another pair of strong innings on the mound in the top of the third and fourth as he picked up five more strikeouts and a ground out.

Hudson singled to start the bottom of the fourth inning for Straughn and then came around to score a line drive single to center from Worley.

Worley then scored on an error off the bat of Hank Peeples. A sacrifice fly from Trystian Barber scored Schultz and Peeples scored on an error to give Straughn a 9-4 lead.

Straughn added an additional two runs in the bottom of the fifth and one run in the sixth to take a 12-4 victory.

Hudson finished the game 4-for-4 at the plate with one RBI and four runs scored.

Hammett finished 3-for-4 with four runs scored.

Jones drove in a game-high three runs and finished the day 2-for-3.

Dorman finished the game 2-for-4 for Red Level.

Scott and Ainsworth each drove in two runs for Red Level.