Baseball fans at Tiger Field Tuesday night were treated to an outstanding high school baseball game.
Chase Thompson pitched nine quality innings and David Stretcher scored the winning run as the Jacksboro Tigers moved into a second place tie with a nine inning 3-2 win over Bowie.
The game did not start the way the Tigers had intended as the Jackrabbits leadoff hitter tripled and scored on a single from the next hitter. Thompson was able to bear down and retire the Jackrabbits without any further damage. The Tigers went to work in the bottom of the first inning. Kyle Clark reached base and stole second. He advanced to third on a groundout from Tyler Pippin and Cooper Tisdale brought Clark home with a groundout RBI to tie the score at one. After Thompson shut the Jackrabbits down in the top of the second, Ryan Ashinhurst reached base and moved to third on an infield single from David Stretcher. The Tiger threat was ended on a strikeout and groundout to leave the score tied at one after two innings.
The Jackrabbits used a leadoff double to score a run in the top of the second inning, but Thompson was able to limit the damage as he induced consecutive fly balls to end the inning. The Tigers threatened in the bottom of the third inning.
Pippin and Thompson started the inning with singles. However, a pickoff at second base thwarted the Tiger rally and Jacksboro was still trailing 2-1 after three innings. Both teams were retired in order in the fourth inning.
Thompson sat down the Jackrabbits in order again in the fifth inning. The Tigers fell victim to the very rare triple play in the bottom of the fifth inning.
Pippin and Thompson both reached base to start the bottom of the fifth, Cooper Tisdale then hit a fly ball to right field. Pippin attempted to tag up and advance to third, but was thrown out. Thompson tried to move to second base on the throw to third, but was thrown out and the inning ended on the triple play.
Thompson once again responded to the challenge as he retired the Jackrabbits in order, striking out two batters. The Tigers were unable to score in the bottom of the sixth and they entered the last inning of play trailing 2-1. The Jackrabbits threatened to increase their lead in the top of the seventh. A single, sacrifice bunt and intentional walk loaded the bases with one out. The Jackrabbits attempted a squeeze play, but Thompson pounced on the bunt and threw home for one out, then catcher Hunter Drennan fired to first base for a double play to end the inning.
The Tigers came to bat in the bottom of the seventh needing a run to extend the game. With two outs and nobody on base, Pippin coaxed a walk. Thompson laced a double down the right field line to score Pippin and tie the game. Thompson stole third base and the Tigers almost won the game at that point, but Tisdale was just nipped at first base to end the inning.
Tisdale would snag a line drive in the top of the eighth to help the Tigers hold Bowie scoreless. After the Tigers were unable to score in the bottom of the eighth, Thompson went back to the mound for the top of the ninth. A walk and hit batter set the Jackrabbits up in the ninth. However, the threat ended when Tyler Pippin snagged a ground ball up the middle and turned a double play to end the threat.
Stretcher opened the bottom of the ninth with an infield single. He advanced to second on a bunt by Collin Kinder. Clark then beat out an infield single. Stretcher came around to score on the play and the Tigers had earned an incredible 3-2 victory.
“This was the biggest win for Jacksboro baseball in a long time,” said head coach Blake Belcher. “The team kept fighting and found a way to win. I am very proud of them.”
In other district action, Holliday defeated Henrietta and Nocona defeated City View. The win leaves the Tigers tied with Henrietta for second place. Jacksboro will travel to Holliday Friday to take on the Eagles.