Tigers remain undefeated with victory over D#039;backs in Dixie Youth League

Published 12:00 am Saturday, May 20, 2000

The Tigers

continued to dominate the Dixie Youth League last week as they edged the Diamondbacks on May 9, 5-4, to maintain an undefeated record.

The Diamondbacks took the lead in the first inning. After the first two batters struck out, Douglas Oliver belted a basehit. The next batter, Lynn Lewis, followed with an RBI triple to put the D'backs up 1-0.

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Oliver also scored on an error to increase their lead to 2-0.

The Tigers got one of those runs back in the second as Adam Moore reached on a basehit and then went around the bases on a series of wild pitches to make the score 2-1.

The Tigers took their first lead of the game in the bottom of the third as Chris Garmon and Tylery Thrower came around to score to give them a 3-2 lead.

In the fifth, they got some breathing room as Thrower scored on an RBI double by Caleb Blackburn. Adam Moore also scored in the inning to give the Tigers a 5-2 lead.

The Diamondbacks looked poised for a comeback in the top of the sixth as Steven Tilley belted homerun to cut the lead to 5-3 with no outs. But, Tiger pitcher Moore shut the door as he struck out the final three batters.

Moore earned the win and struck out 17 batters. Lewis pitched for the D'backs and struck out ten Tigers.

Orioles 6, Braves 4

The Orioles fell behind early to the Braves on May 9, but a four-run fourth inning helped propel them to a 6-4 win.

The Orioles took the lead in the first inning after Conyers Poole reached on an error. The next batter, Zac McCanne belted an RBI single to put his team up 1-0.

But, in the bottom of the inning, Justin Bozeman led off with a walk and was driven home by Brady Newton, who was ejected for running into the catcher. Michael McDonald followed with a basehit that got by the defense which allowed him to round the bases to give the Braves a 2-1 lead.

The Braves added to that lead in the second. David Stephenson led off the inning with a walk. With one out, Tyler Newton also was given a free pass. With two on, John Duke hit a triple to centerfield that brought both runners home for a 4-1 lead.

In the fourth, the Orioles came back. With one out, Reco Johnson and Will Farrar reached on consecutive basehits. Blake Conway came through with a basehit to score Johnson and then Jack Daughtry hit a two RBI triple to make the score 5-4. Daughtry tied the game at 5-5 by scoring on an error.

The tie was broken in the sixth inning when Poole hit a triple. He scored on a ground ball by McCanne which was all the Orioles needed for the victory as the Braves were unable to score any more runs through the rest of the ballgame.

Johnson earned the victory for the Orioles and recorded six strikeouts.

Braves 8, Reds 4

On May 12, the Braves came back with a victory over the Reds, 8-4.

The Braves jumped on top in the top of the first when McDonald reached on an error and then stole his way around the bases for a 1-0 lead.

But, the Reds' Jonathan Varner and Justin Hester scored in the bottom of the inning on an RBI triple by Daulton Gregory to put the Reds in front, 2-1.

In the top of the third, T. Newton led off with a walk and B. Newton followed with a homerun, giving the Braves a 3-2 lead. McDonald continued the hot inning with a triple and then stole third. He scored as Stephen Croley reached on an error. Croley also scored later in the inning on a fielder's choice to make the score, 5-2.

The Braves added another to their lead in the top of the fourth as T. Newton led off another inning, this time belting a triple. B. Newton did his job with a double to increase the lead to 6-2.

The Reds came back in the bottom of the fourth when Clay Milton reached on an error and was driven home on a double by Will Bowman. He also scored in the inning on another RBI double by John David Wallace to cut the lead to 6-4.

The Braves put the finishing touches on their victory as B. Newton hit a triple in the sixth and then scored on a homerun by McDonald, making the final score 8-4.