Holding a one run lead the Tigers wanted to add an insurance run and were able to get that and much more. The Tigers sent 11 hitters to the plate during the inning. Holcomb lead off the inning with his third walk of the night. After a steal of 2nd by Holcomb, Hunter Hayes got a base hit a line drive up the middle. Kennemore then reached on his third walk of the night. Wolver picked up the RBI on a sacrifice fly to center giving the Tigers their 2 run advantage back. Lopez then walked to lad the bases. Vasquez hit a ground ball to short that looked like it would end the inning with another double play but the throw from shortstop Jake Parker pulled the first basemen off bag and the big inning was on. Nolen followed with his second double of the night which was the first of four consecutive hits by the Tigers. DJ Minniear had an infield single in the whole to the left side, senior Chance Schlenk then hit a ball through the whole between 3rd and short. Then Holcomb who lead off the inning with a walk hit a double off the wall to pick 2 RBI and finish the scoring. When it was over the Tigers had scored 7 runs on 5 hits in the inning and had benefitted from three Wildcat errors. Corbin Hall came on to strikeout the side in the 7th.
The Tigers took advantage of eleven walks in the game and four errors by the Wildcats. The Wildcat pitchers struggled all night with finding the strike zone giving up the free passes and only having one strikeout. The Tigers were extremely disciplined at the plate and maintained their composure in a big game against the Wildcats who started six seniors. But it was the more experienced and accomplished Wildcats that let the emotion of the game get to them. Teams often times take on the personality of their coach and that was apparent Friday night as the Wildcat coach Jenkins was restricted to the dugout for arguing and the Tigers took on the tenacious scrappy personality of Coach Autrey. While the Tigers used the emotion to improve their performance it was Whitehouse that let the pressure put on from the Tigers impact their play. The Tigers had ten different player score runs and eight different hitters to get hits for a true team effort in the win.
The Tigers go to 3-1 in district play and 16-5 overall and will play Jacksonville next Friday to finish out the first round of district play. District favorite and former #2 ranked Whitehouse falls to 1-3 in district play.