Two Jacksboro Tiger rallies fell short as the Tigers dropped a two game playoff series to the Eastland Mavericks. The series was played at historic La Grave Field in Fort, Worth.
Chase Thompson took the mound in game one for the Tigers. The Mavericks went to work in the top of the first scoring two quick runs. Shortstop Tyler Pippin ended the inning when he snagged a line drive and the Tigers came to bat trailing 2-0. The Tiger offense answered the Mavericks in the bottom of the first. Kyle Clark singled and went to second on a sacrifice bunt from Tyler Pippin. Chase Thompson singled and Clark scored on an RBI from Cooper Tisdale. Hunter Drennan reached base and David Stretcher singled to score Thompson and tie the score. Hunter Drennan and David Stretcher both came around to score on wild pitches and the Tigers led 4-2 after one inning.
Eastland came back to regain the lead with three runs in the top of the second, but the Tigers were able to answer again as Kyle Clark ignited another rally. Clark singled, went to second on an errant pick off throw and scored on a wild pitch to tie the score at five after two innings.
Eastland took advantage of Tiger errors to score two runs in the top of the third to take a 7-5 lead that held up through the end of the third inning. Thompson worked around a walk to retire the Mavericks without a score in the top of the fourth as he struck out the last two batters of the inning. Two walks and a sacrifice bunt set up a threat for the Tigers in the bottom of the fourth inning, but a double play ended the Tiger threat and the fourth inning ended with the Tigers trailing 7-5.
The fifth inning proved to be disastrous for the Tigers. A combination of errors and hit batters allowed the Mavericks to score five runs in the top of the fifth inning and the Tigers were retired in order in the bottom of the fifth to give Eastland a 12-5 lead after five innings.
Kyle Clark came on to pitch in the top of the sixth inning for the Tigers. Catcher Hunter Drennan threw out a would be base stealer to help the Tigers retire the Mavericks in order in the top of the sixth, but the Tigers were unable to generate any offense in the bottom of the sixth and the Tigers entered the final inning trailing 12-5.
Eastland would score two more runs in the top of the seventh leaving the Tigers trailing by nine runs entering their last at bat. Kyle Clark started a rally for the Tigers. He started the inning with a triple and scored on a wild pitch. Tyler Pippin was hit by a pitch and Chase Thompson singled to centerfield. Cooper Tisdale followed with a single and Pippin and Thompson scored to pull the Tigers to within six runs. Jake Johnson and Tyler Rogers drew walks and forced a pitching change for the Mavericks, The new Eastland pitcher was able to end the game with a strikeout to give the Mavericks a one game lead in the best of three series.
To read the complete article including a write-up on Game Two, see the May 6 edition of the Gazette-News.