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By GOOSE LINDSAY
Rockwood spent the weekend playing three Class AA teams at the 2008 Loudon Scramble.
Things went well for the Tigers in their first two games as they knocked off Carter, 5-4, and Alcoa, 4-1, but things didn’t go well against the host school as the Redskins handed the Tigers a 10-1 setback.
Rockwood vs. Carter
The Tigers didn’t do much during the first five innings of play, but the sixth inning was a different story as Joey Cofer’s squad exploded for five runs in the bottom of the sixth inning and that was the difference in a 5-4 victory.
The first three innings were played to a scoreless tie, but the Hornets took the lead with two runs in the top of the fourth inning and two more in the top of the fifth.
Rockwood didn’t do much in the first fives innings as five hits and one walk was all the offense the Tigers could muster.
Rockwood, however, sent 11 hitters to the plate in the sixth inning and five of those would come back around to score.
Beau Mayton and Bryant Allen opened the inning with back-to-back singles then both runners scored on a one-out double from Zach Breazeale.
After the second out was recorded, Taylor Treadway walked then Colden Cooper drove in a run with a single. Curt Boston followed with another walk then the Tigers took the lead after back-to-back singles from Chase Clem and Mayton.
Cooper picked up the victory on the mound after tossing a complete-game nine-hitter with two walks and three strikeouts.
Mayton (3-4, 1 RBI, 1 run), Allen (2-4, 1 run) and Cooper (2-2, 1 RBI, 1 run) all had multiple hits for the Tigers.
Rockwood vs. Alcoa
Rockwood’s Zach Breazeale tossed a gem past the Tornadoes as four hits were Alcoa could manage against the senior left-hander.
Breazeale had a perfect game going for four innings while striking out six of the first 12 Tornado hitters. Alcoa broke up the perfect game and no-hitter with a single in the bot-tom of the fifth inning and the Tornadoes got the goose egg off the scoreboard in the bottom of the seventh inning.
Rockwood never put together a big inning against Alcoa, but they did score in three of their seven at bats.
Rockwood’s first run came in the top of the second inning. Tyler Skidmore got things going with a two-out double and he scored on a single from Colden Cooper.
Rockwood added to their lead in the top of the fifth inning thanks to a solo home run off the bat of Curt Boston.
Rockwood’s final two runs came in the top of the seventh inning.
Chase Clem and Beau Mayton scored the runs after opening the inning with back-to-back singles. Clem scored on a single from Shane Doughty while Mayton scored when Zach Duncan was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded.
Mayton (3-4, 1 run), Breazeale (2-3) and Cooper (2-4, 1 RBI) all had multiple hits for Rockwood in the win.
Breazeale ended the game with seven strikeouts.
Rockwood vs. Loudon
The Tigers found a way to win their first two games, but game number three was a dif-ferent story as the Redskins rolled to a 10-1 victory.
The score was tied at 1-1 entering the bottom of the third inning, but the Redskins blew things open with six runs in the bottom of the third and then two more in the bottom of the fourth inning.
Allen (2-3), Doughty (2-3) and Cooper (2-2) combined for all but one of Rockwood’s hits.
Clem reached on an error and scored on a Breazeale double in the top of the third in-ning for Rockwood’s only run of the game.