Tigers drop two to Shiloh Saints
Coach Tony Coffey and the Green Forest Tigers may have faced the best pitcher in the conference that isn't on their team last Thursday when they played a double header at Shiloh Christian in Springdale.
Errors took their toll in both games, with the Tigers losing 6-3 the first game, with three errors, and 8-2 the second, with four errors, while the Saints had just one error each game.
The Tigers (4-11, 2-8), will play Thursday at 6:30 p.m. in their first game of the 1AAA District tournament in Gentry
The Tigers were entered in the Ozark Classic High School Baseball Tournament in Harrison that ran last Friday and Saturday. They got one game in on Friday, a 14-4 loss to Highland, and three innings on Saturday against Bradford before rain ended the tournament.
VS SHILOH CHRISTIAN
"Brady Arthur is a senior and may be the best pitcher in the conference," Coach Coffey said, "and he was throwing well. We started hitting him at the end, but had errors that put us in a hole."
C.J. Matthews got everyone's attention quickly when he put the third pitch of the game over the fence to get the Tigers on the board, but the team didn't score again until the final inning.
Brett Conner started on the mound and went 5 innings. He gave up 4 walks, had 6 strikeouts, and 4 earned runs. Jehiel Shudy came in for the last 2 innings and had 2 strikeouts and no earned runs. Matthews caught.
Hits- Matthews- 2/4, home run, RBI; Guy Joubert- 1/3; Josh Dudley- 1/3.
"We hit the ball better," Coach Coffey said. "They had a lefthander from Colombia that pitched."
C.J. Matthews pitched for Green Forest and went 3-1/3 innings with 8 walks, 6 strikeouts, and 1 earned run. A.J. Buckner went the final 2 innings and gave up 2 hits. Joubert caught Matthews.
Hits- Conner- 2/2, 2 RBI, W; Neil McCutcheon- 1/3; Buckner- 1/3; John Asbury- 2/3; James Thomas- 1/2.
AT THE CLASSIC
Friday, April 9
C.J. Matthews continued his streak at bat when he busted the first pitch of the game over the left field fence. He went 2 of 2 at the plate, then they intentionally walked him the rest of the game.
Dustin Badley pitched 4-1/3 innings and gave up 4 walks against 6 strikeouts and 5 earned runs. A.J. Buckner finished the final 2/3 inning and gave up 1 hit against 1 strikeout. John Asbury caught the game.
Hits- Matthews- 2/2, HR, RBI; Conner- 1/2; Buckner- 1/3; Badley- 1/1.
Saturday, April 10
"The loss dropped us into the loser's bracket, and we played again Saturday morning at 9:30 a.m.," Coach Coffey said. "We played three innings against Bradford, a school near Bald Knob, but it was too wet to continue. It was 1-1 when they called the game."