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It was a battle of Roane County’s cats Tuesday evening at Rockwood’s Mike “Brillo” Miller Sports Complex, and the battle would be won by the home team as Jake Witter’s Rockwood Tigers downed Oliver Springs in five innings, 13-2.
The game was close for a couple of innings Tuesday, but it would be an eight-run third inning that gave the Tigers the breathing room they needed to improve to 9-2 on the season.
Oliver Springs did threaten in the top of the first inning when Elijah White and Tanner Turpin came up with back-to-back singles, but both would be left stranded at the end of the inning.
Oliver Springs scored its runs the following inning. Tyler Stombaugh and Zach Spoon were hit by pitches to start the inning then an RBI ground out from Luke Miller brought home Stombaugh with the first run while Spoon scored on a wild pitch.
Rockwood score its 13 runs in the first three innings.
Two of those runs came in the first inning without the aid of a hit. Jordan Breazeale walked, a pitch hit Dannon Grubb and Christian Domon reached on an error as the Tigers took the early 2-0 lead.
The Tigers added three runs to its lead in the bottom of the second inning.
A pitch hit Daylen Domon to start the rally then Joseph Denny walked before Breazeale drove in a run with a single followed by a two-run double from Grubb.
Rockwood’s third inning opened with nine straight Tigers reaching base before an out was recorded.
Tyler McGill, Jay Tilley, Daylen Domon, Denny, Hunter Grant, Breazeale, Grubb and Christian Domon scored the runs. Tilley drove in one run in the frame with a single while Breazeale and Christian Domon each had two-run doubles.
Breazeale (2-3, 3 RBIs, 3 runs) would be the only player on either team with multiple hits while Rockwood’s Nathan Briley (4 IP, 2 Hits, 4 Ks) picked up the win on the mound.
Both teams return to the diamond Monday with district games on the schedule. Rockwood will host Grace Christian Academy in a District 3-A contest while Oliver Springs travels to Jellico in District 4-A.