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After not trailing in any of their first five games, the Rockwood Tigers finally had to play from behind Thursday night in their trip to Meigs County.
But as it turns out, falling behind only seemed to fire up the Tigers, as after falling behind 1-0 after two innings of play, Rockwood roared back and won 14-4 in five innings to improve to 6-0 on the season.
Meigs County scored their first run in the bottom of the second inning, but the Tigers came back with a vengeance in the top of the third inning with five runs.
Jordan Breazeale opened the inning with a single and he was joined on the bases when Christian Domon walked and Hunter Grant singled to load the bases. Riley Clem drove in the first run of the inning when he reached on an error, but the big blow of the inning came next when Jared Breazeale cleared the bases with a triple. Breazeale scored on a ground ball from Hunter Robbins to make the score 5-1.
Meigs County came back with a run in the bottom of the third inning to make the score 5-2, but Rockwood stayed hot in the fourth inning with four more runs.
Rockwood picked up just one hit in the frame, but a pair of walks, an error and a hit batter allowed Grant, Clem, Jared Breazeale and Tavin Napier to cross the plate, making the score 9-2.
The Tigers exploded for five more runs in the top of the fifth inning to make the score 14-2.
Domon opened the frame with a walk then a pair of pitches hit Grant and Clem in succession to load the bases. That’s when Jared Breazeale and Napier brought out the heavy lumber. Breazeale drove in two runs with a double then Napier blasted a three-run home run to center field to give the Tigers a 12-run lead.
Meigs County did score two runs in the bottom of the fifth inning, but they could not extend the game into a sixth inning.
Jared Breazeale (CG, 5 Hits, 3 BBs, 6 Ks, 1 ER) picked up the win on the mound while Breazeale (3-4, 1 2B, 1 3B, 5 RBIs, 3 runs) and Napier (1-2, 1 HR, 4 RBIs, 1 run) had multiple hits. Grant and Clem scored three runs each.
Through six games, the Tigers have now outscored their opponents by a combined score of 77-7 and none of those six games have last seven innings.
Rockwood returns to action Monday with a trip to Midway. The Tigers host the Green Wave on Tuesday.