Tigers drop a pair during spring break, remain winless

Friday, March 25, 2016

This week is spring break in Green Forest, but the baseball team has been hard at work. On Monday, the Tigers lost an 11-1 home game to Cotter and on Tuesday, lost 13-0 at Pea Ridge.

Cotter 11, Green Forest 1: Monday's home game got out of hand early for the Tigers, as Green Forest gave up nine runs in the first inning. A line-drive double by Landon Martin scored Kevin Walker for the Warriors' first run of the game. Maddux Adams scored on a Green Forest error and a Grant Dodson single scored Martin. A wild pitch scored Grant Adams to give Cotter a 4-0 lead. A Dawson Burns single to center scored Jarod Dewey and Dodson. Kevin Walker's three-run home run scored Hunter Grinder and Burns. A fly ball to Luis Lopez ended the inning.

The Tigers scored their lone run of the game in the bottom of the inning. A Hayden Bailey popup advanced Cory Bryant to second and a Baylor Deislinger single advanced Bryant to third. Bryant scored on a Cotter error.

Cotter went on to score two additional runs in the top of the third. As a result of being down 10 at the end of five innings, the sportsmanship rule went effect, ending the game.

Lopez, Deislinger, Bailey and Kyle Allen all had hits in the game. Matt Owens pitched four innings. He struck out four and allowed three hits.

Pea Ridge 13, Green Forest 0: Green Forest has had a habit of getting behind early in games this season and that trend continued in Tuesday's road loss at Pea Ridge. Failing to score in the top of the first, the Blackhawks got off to a good start in the bottom half of the inning. Erik Hankins stole home to score the first run of the inning and Carson Rhine scored on Bryce Beckmann's double to center. Garrett King's triple scored Will Feemster and a double by Westin Church scored King to take a 4-0 lead as the inning came to a close.

The Blackhawks scored eight additional runs in the bottom of the second. They all came off two grand slams, one by Beckmann, the other by Hankins. A ground ball by King in the top of the third scored Beckmann for Pea Ridge's final run.

Rhine struck out all three Green Forest batters he faced in the top of the fifth inning, thus putting the sportsmanship rule int effect. Tyler Swofford had one hit for Green Forest and Lopez pitched three innings for the Tigers. He struck out seven. In three plate appearances, Bryce Beckmann of Pea Ridge had three hits, two runs and five RBIs.

On Tuesday, the Tigers host Elkins. The acton starts at 4 p.m.

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