Tigers knock off Bobcats, 11-5

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By Goose Lindsay

In what could a Region 2-A tournament preview, the Rockwood Tigers hosted the Oliver Springs Bobcats Friday night and would use seven runs in the fourth and fifth innings to knock off the Bobcats, 11-5.

Friday’s contest was even for three innings as both teams scored three runs in the second inning.

Oliver Springs’ inning started with a single from Tanner Turpin and he scored on a single from Austin Jones. Justin Nation followed with the third single of the inning then two runs scored when Austin Seiber reached on an error.

Rockwood turned four singles into three runs in the bottom half of the frame. Hayden Freels, Hunter Robbins, Matt Cofer and Jordan Breazeale all had hits with all but Breazeale coming around to score. Cofer and Breazeale drove in runs.

Rockwood took the lead for good with three more runs in the bottom of the fourth. Cofer (single), Breazeale (hit by pitch) and Hunter Grant (singled) all reached to load the bases then Riley Clem drove in a run with a sacrifice fly before Freels drove in a pair of runs with a single.

The Tigers blew the game open with four two-out runs in the bottom of the fifth inning. Cofer, Breazeale and Christian Domon were all on base when Clem brought in the first two runs of the inning with a two-out single. After a single from Tavin Napier, Freels drove in two more runs with a single that made the score 10-3.

Oliver Springs tried to chip away with single runs in the sixth and seventh innings. Caleb Armetta singled and scored on a Nation single in the sixth inning while Ramcey Brown tripled and scored in the seventh inning.

Rockwood’s final run came in the bottom of the sixth inning when four walks allowed Jared Breazeale to cross the plate.

Jay Tilley (6 IP, 6 hits, 1 BB, 4 Ks) picked up the win for Rockwood while Clem (2-4, 2 RBIs, 1 run), Napier (2-3, 1 2B), Freels (3-3, 4 RBIs, 1 run) and Cofer (3-3, 2 RBIs, 3 runs) all had multiple hits for the Tigers.

 Turpin (2-4, 2 2Bs, 1 run) led Oliver Springs in defeat.