The Tigers began tournament play with an exciting 6-5 win over Alvord as David Stretcher scored the winning run. The win allowed the Tigers to avenge a loss to Alvord in last week’s P B and J Tournament. The Tigers dropped the second game of the tournament to Henrietta by a score of 10-0.
The Tigers traveled back to Windthorst on Friday morning to take on the host team, Windthorst. Tyler Pippen pitched an outstanding game to lead the Tigers to a 7-0 win over the Trojans.
The first three games of the tournament set up a contest against Godley Friday afternoon.
The Tigers started quickly against the Wildcats as Kyle Clark, Tyler Pippen and Chase Thompson all got on base to start the game. Clark then stole home and Pippen scored on a sacrifice fly from Cooper Tisdale.
A walk by David Stretcher would force Godley to change pitchers in the first inning. Thompson would come around to score as well. David Stretcher and Hunter Drennan also scored in the top of the first to give the Tigers a quick 5-0 lead.
Kyle Clark took the mound for the Tigers as the Wildcats came roaring back to close the gap to 5-4 at the end of the first inning. Godley would tack on another run in the second inning to tie the score at five.
After falling behind when the Wildcats scored twice in the bottom of the third inning, the Tigers put together another threat in the fourth inning as Tyler Pippen walked and Chase Thompson singled, but the inning ended with Pippen thrown out at the plate.
Ryan Ashinhurst took over on the mound for the Tigers in the fourth inning and the Wildcats scored two more runs to extend their lead to 9-5. The Tigers put together one last threat in the fifth inning as Drennan was hit by a pitch and stole second and third base but was unable to score. A Wildcat homerun in the bottom of the fifth ended the game with an 11-5 Godley victory.
The Tigers returned to Windthorst Saturday to take on Archer City. The Tigers got off to another quick start as Tyler Pippen doubled and Chase Thompson walked and scored to give pitcher Hunter Drennan a 2-0 lead. A double play started by second baseman David Stretcher erased a leadoff single and the Tigers led 2-0 after one inning.
After a scoreless second inning the Tigers scored three more runs in the third inning. Collin Kinder, Kyle Clark and Tyler Pippen all reached base and would come around to score to extend the Tiger’s lead. The Wildcats scored once in the bottom of the third inning to close the gap to 5-1 which would remain the score through the fourth inning.
The Wildcats mounted a threat in the bottom of the fifth as they scored a run and loaded the bases, prompting a pitching change with Cooper Tisdale taking over on the mound.
The Tigers were able to use timely pitching and a nice defensive play by short stop Tyler Pippen, as he fielded a line drive and threw a runner out at third base, to limit the damage and the fifth inning ended with the Tigers in front 5-3.
Chase Thompson came on to pitch the sixth inning for the Tigers. After striking out the first two batters of the inning, The Wildcats used a single, a walk and an error to load the bases but Thompson got the last out of the game on a flyball and the Tigers won 5-3.
The Tigers will return to action for the Windthorst tournament this weekend.