The Tiger baseball team traveled to Henrietta looking to upset the playoff bound Bearcats and end their season on a winning note.
After the Tigers were retired in order in the top of the first inning, Senior Logan Dixon took the mound for the Tigers. Dixon was the victim of fielding mistakes and bad luck as the Bearcats were able to put five runs on the board.
The Bearcats got through the next two innings without allowing a Tiger base runner, while Dixon settled into a groove and retired the Bearcats in order in the second, but after retiring the first two batters in the third, Henrietta scored another run on a walk, stolen base and single.
The Tigers got on the board without the benefit of a base hit in the fourth inning as Chase Thompson walked.
Senior Evan Lane gets a hit in his final turn at bat as a Tiger. (Photo by Mark Stretcher)
He advanced to third when an attempt to throw Thompson out at second on a ground ball sailed wide and the Tigers had runners on first and third with one out.
Dixon drove in the first Tiger run of the game with a ground ball to first to make the score 6-1. After Dixon sat the Bearcats down in order again in the fourth inning, the Tigers went into the fifth inning trailing 6-1 and still looking for their first hit.
It appeared that the tigers had gotten their first hit of the evening in the fifth inning when David Stretcher hit a high hopper to second base. However, the umpires relented to an argument from the Henrietta coach and reversed his call and ruled Stretcher out.
Kyle Clark was the next hitter and he left no doubt as he laced a single to left field. Senior Evan Lane followed with another base hit to put runners on first and second. However, the Tigers were not able to score as the inning ended with a groundout.
Henrietta tacked on two more runs in the bottom of the fifth and the Tigers were retired in order in the sixth inning.
The Bearcats began the sixth inning with a single then a double that chased Dixon and brought on Cooper Tisdale to pitch. The Bearcats were able to plate two more runners in the inning to end the game with a final of 11-1 and close out the Tigers’ season.
In other District action, Holliday defeated Nocona to end their District season with a perfect 10-0 record. The Henrietta Bearcats finished second with a record of 8-2 and Bowie finished third with a record of 6-4. The Tigers finished fourth in District with a record of 4-6 and an overall record of 13-12-1.