Tigers bomb Grace Christian in grand fashion, 19-7

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Roane Newspapers

Coming into Tuesday evening’s game with Rockwood, Grace Christian hadn’t lost a district game since May 2010. The last team to beat the Rams were the Rockwood Tigers by a score of 7-6. 

Grace Christian’s monstrous streak came to a screeching halt Tuesday as Rockwood dismantled the Rams in six innings by a score of 19-7. 

Grace started off in the top and got its only run of the game off an error to give them a 1-0 lead. 

Rockwood busted the flood gates open to start the second. Struggling pitching was an issue all night for Grace Christian and Rockwood capitalized off of it almost every time. 

Hunter Grant got the Tigers rolling in the second as he drove in an RBI to score Jordan Breazeale. Rockwood was patient the rest of the way through the inning and earned four more runs in large part because of walks. 

In the bottom half of the third, Grace posted another threat to Rockwood’s lead as Matt Cunnningham hit a leadoff double and later scored off a throwing error. Chase Newsome then dropped a nice single and scored off an RBI from Brad Andrews which made the score 5-3 in favor of the Tigers.

The fourth inning proved to be another big inning for Rockwood to give them a 10-3 cushion. It was started by a two-run  double from Hunter Robbins that scored Tavin Napier and Hayden Freels. It wouldn’t stop there as Grant drove in a couple more runs, scoring Robbins and Jordan Breazeale. 

In the bottom of the fourth Grace capitalized off some sloppy fielding to shorten Rockwood’s lead to 10-6 heading to the fifth. 

Again Jake Witter’s squad had an answer for Grace. Tavin Napier put a two-run bomb over the center field fence to push the lead to 12-6 in the Tigers favor.

 Just when you thought Rockwood’s bat’s might cool down, they didn’t, the top half of the sixth was their biggest inning where they scored seven runs. The big inning was highlighted by a towering grand slam from Freels to make the score 19-6. 

Grace threatened in the bottom of the sixth by loading the bases, but could only put one run across the plate. 

That sealed the deal and Rockwood took home a very important district win 19-7.

With that win it puts a tie for first place between Rockwood and Grace, who both have one loss a piece in district play. 

 Jared Breazeale got the win on the mound.