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Tigers take two from Blue Devils

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By Goose Lindsay, Sports Editor

 

Roane County’s fiercest baseball rivalry resumed this week as Harriman and Rockwood played a pair of games with the Tigers picking up a sweep.

The first game was played Monday at Rockwood and would see the Tigers use a 12-run fifth inning to pick up a 14-9 victory. The Tigers finished the sweep with a 7-5 victory at Harriman on Tuesday.

Monday’s Game

Harriman played well enough to win for much of the evening Monday, but Rockwood’s bats exploded for 12 runs in the fifth inning and that’s all Jake Witter’s squad needed for a 14-9 victory.

The offensive explosion seemingly came from nowhere. The Tigers had just two runs on four hits through four innings of play, but Rockwood’s first 10 batters reached safely in the fifth inning and by the time the inning ended, the Tigers sent 16 men to the plate with 12 coming around to score.

Dannon Grubb had an unbelievable inning for the Tigers in the fifth. He batted twice with the bases loaded. His first at bat was a three-run double and that was followed by a grand slam home run that capped the scoring in the frame.

Christian Domon added a two-run homer in the frame while Joseph Denny drove in two runs with a single.

Rockwood’s first two runs of the game came in the bottom of the first inning.

Hunter Grant singled and scored the first run on a single from Grubb. Grubb later scored when Justin Domon reached on a dropped third strike with two outs.

Harriman led for much of the game as the Devils scored four runs in the top of the first inning and another in the fifth to take a 5-2 lead.

A Brantley Diggs three-run home run highlighted Harriman’s first inning. Clay Redmon added an RBI double as Grant Jenkins and Chase Randolph also scored for Harriman in the frame.

Randolph walked and his courtesy runner, Brady Cannon, scored on a passed ball in the fifth inning.

Down nine heading to the final inning, the Blue Devils tried to make things interesting.

Diggs and Chase Hamby picked up singles before Alex Wampler drove in a run with a single. Jenkins added a three-run bomb to right field, but Harriman’s rally soon died as Rockwood picked up the five-run victory.

Grubb (3-4, 2B, GS, 8 RBIs, 3 runs), Grant (2-4, 2 runs), Christian Domon (2-4, HR, 2 RBIs, 1 run), Justin Domon (2-4, 1 run) and Tyler McGill (3-4, 2 runs) all had multiple hits for Rockwood in the win.

Jenkins (4-5, HR, 3 RBIs, 2 runs), Diggs (2-4, HR, 3 RBIs, 2 runs) and Wampler (2-4, 1 RBI, 1 run) led the Blue Devils in defeat.

Tuesday’s Game

The series finale was more of a seesaw affair with the Tigers holding on for a 7-5 victory.

Harriman struck first in the bottom of the first inning when Bobby Jackson reached on an error before scoring on a Diggs single.

Rockwood took its first lead with three runs in the top of the third.

Grant opened the inning with a single and he quickly scored on a triple off the bat of Jordan Breazeale. Grubb followed with an RBI single and he later scored on a sacrifice fly from Justin Domon to make the score 3-1.

Harriman tied things in the bottom of the inning.

Jenkins singled and scored on a single from Randolph then Randolph scored on a wild pitch to make the score 3-3.

Rockwood took the lead for good with a run in the top of the fifth inning.

Grubb walked and scored the run with Justin Domon picking up the RBI.

The Tigers made it 6-3 with three runs in the top of the sixth.

Daylen Domon (single), Denny (walk) and McGill (single) loaded the bases before Breazeale and Grub drove in runs to give the Tigers a three-run lead.

Harriman pulled to within one run with a pair of runs in the bottom of the frame.

A pair of pitches hit Wampler and Jenkins to start the inning then Jackson drove in the first run of the inning with a double. Randolph added an RBI ground out to make the score 6-5.

Rockwood added an insurance run in the seventh inning as Justin Domon singled and scored on a double from Daylen Domon.

Harriman did get a leadoff walk in the bottom of the seventh inning, but a double play helped end the scoring threat.

Grant (3-4, 1 run), Grubb (2-3, 2 RBIs, 2 runs), Justin Domon (2-3, 2 RBIs, 1 run) and Daylen Domon (2B, 1 RBI, 1 run) all had multiple hits for Rockwood while Hamby (2-4) and Jacob Nelson (2-4) did the same for Harriman.