BY EASTON LEONARD –
The Acorn Tigers baseball team traveled to Kirby on Tuesday, March 28th, to take on the Trojans in a good game of old country hardball.
Kobe Hogan hit lead-off for the Tigers and was hit by the fifth pitch he saw at the plate. Hogan later stole second base, but Lyle, Lynch, and Staggs all struck out in order to end the top half of the inning.
Nick Lyle started the game on the mound for Acorn and struck out the first batter he faced. Kirby’s Putz, then singled to left field on a line drive and advanced to second base on a groundout from number twenty-two, Smith. After getting two outs to start the game, Lyle was unable to escape the first inning, giving up five total runs, and forcing the Tigers to bring in Kobe Hogan to pitch. Hogan faced two batters and gave up one more run, but struck out Kirby’s Smith to end the inning. After one complete inning, the Trojans led Acorn by a score of 6-0.
In the top of the second inning, Kirby’s starting pitcher, Putz, struck out all three Tigers he faced. Putz held Acorn scoreless and the score at 6-0 Trojans.
The Trojans loaded the bases in the bottom of the second with no outs. Kirby was able to score two runs in the inning off of a fielders choice and a sacrifice bunt. The score was 8-0 in favor of Kirby after two innings.
Aaron Bissell struck out looking to start off the third inning. Logan Frost then walked in the next at bat, but was stranded at first after Hogan and Lyle struck out to end the inning, with the score still 8-0 Trojans.
Acorn’s pitcher, Kobe Hogan, retired one batter in the top of the third and walked one batter, before he exited the game due to an injury. The Tigers then brought in Jacob Haddox to pitch. Haddox allowed a double and a single, as well as a few passed balls. The Trojans extended their lead to 11-0 after three innings.
Kirby brought in number eight, Bates, to pitch in the fourth. Bates struck out one batter and forced two groundouts, retiring the Tigers one-two-three.
The Tigers committed a few errors in the bottom of the fourth inning, as Haddox walked a few and hit a batter, to give Kirby two more runs. However, Acorn was able to get out of the inning with a tag out at home plate, with the score 13-0 Trojans.
Bates closed out the game for Kirby in the top of the fifth, as all three Tiger batters struck out to end the game with the score 13-0 in favor of the Trojans.
Kirby’s pitchers, Putz and Bates, combined to throw a no-hitter against the Tigers, while Acorn committed multiple errors.
On Tuesday night as well, the Acorn Lady Tigers softball team defeated the Kirby Lady Trojans by a score of 16-3.