Tigers bit by 'Hounds in Game 1
GRAHAM – Errors, hit batters and walks oh my.
A combination of all three things enabled Peaster to come from behind Thursday night in Game one of the best-of-three Region I-3A series and post a harder than it looked 14-4, six-inning victory at Steer Field.
Jacksboro falls to 18-15-1 with the setback while Peaster goes to 29-10. Four Tiger errors, 10 walks, and five hit batters enabled Peaster to make the most of its eight hits, the same number of base hits Jacksboro had.
Jacksboro pitcher Luke Dixon got out of the first inning unscathed and his teammates gave him some breathing room with a three-run first. Fernando Piedra opened by reaching on the lone Greyhound miscue of the game with Dixon beating out a bunt single.
Payton Laake then turned on the first pitch from Matt Grimes and laced it into left-center for a double to plate Piedra and Dixon and then came home on Ty Kennedy’s single. Kennedy was stranded as the next two hitters were retired.
Peaster then scored four second-inning and five third-inning runs on just three hits, using some of the aforementioned help from the Tigers. The Greyhounds stranded 12 runners in the game, seven in scoring position.
The squads traded runs in the fifth, Dixon leading off with his third single of the contest followed by a Clay Botello single and Laake walk to fill the bases with no outs. A two-out walk to Caleb Nunley brought home Dixon before another strikeout ended the threat.
Peaster added four sixth-inning runs and set down the Tigers in order in the sixth to end the game on the mercy rule.
Game two of the series is tonight at 7 p.m. in Graham.