Plate Discipline Leads to Big Win for TigersBusiness, DCHS Baseball, FYNTV, Team FYN Sports February 14, 2023
The Tigers plated 14 runs in a big mercy rule win over Mount Pisgah on Monday night as they won their home opener 14-4. A big win number one for new Head Coach Logan Burt. Though the scoreboard posted a big run total, the bats were rather cold in this one as the two teams combined for just 12 hits. There was a total of 20 walks, 2 HBPs, and a lot of passed balls and wild pitches. Only eight of the 18 runs scored were earned. However, once the Tigers settled in, it became clear they were the better team. Dawson ended the game scoring 13 unanswered runs.
Dawson got on the board in the bottom of the 1st, but Mount Pisgah responded scoring four in the top of the second as Davis Glass never settled in on the mound. J. Ward got the visitors on the board first with a big double off the wall, while A. Pullaro gave Mount Pisgah the lead following the big double with a 2-RBI single. Pullaro would then come around to score on a passed ball later in the inning. The Tigers got one run back in the bottom of the third, however the pitcher B. Bostick did a great job escaping the third surrendering just the one run as Dawson had the bases loaded with just one out. Joshua Priest did a great job in relief striking out 7 batters in 3 1/3rd.
Heading into the bottom of the 5th Mount Pisgah led 4-2. Dawson had their 2,3,4 hitters due up and it felt like this was going to be their best chance to get back into this one. And they did just that. A. Peterson was in for Bostic on the mound for Mount Pisgah and he could not find the strike zone. He issued five free passes in the bottom of the 5th. The Tigers demonstrated great patience at the plate and aggressiveness on the base path leading to the big inning.
With Dawson now leading 6-4 Coach Burt turned to Banks Hickman in relief. The southpaw, in an absolute dominant showing, posted a rare 4 K inning (dropped third stirke and throwing error by Elijah Odom extended the inning) shutting down the Patriots. In the bottom of the 6th, the Tigers put the game away, literally. After batting around in the bottom of the 5th, Rucker, Horner, and Glass were due up again and what followed did not disappoint. Rucker singled to start the inning and Horner followed with an absolute moonshot down the left field line for his first big fly of the season. The Tigers would go on to score six more runs in the frame to force the mercy rule in the home opener.
Julian Horner demonstrated both power and patience at the plate as he blasted the big 2-run HR and drew three free passes. Joshua Priest was also a big time X-factor for the Tigers as he pitched 3 1/3 in relief allowing just two hits, two walks and seven Ks and finished 1/2 at the plate with 2 RBIs and a walk. Rucker led the team with three hits on the night while picking up an RBI as well. Glass and Odom also tallied an RBI for the Tigers. The Tigers were active on the base path as they finished with five SBs as a team.
As for Mount Pisgah, they struggled both on the mound and at the plate. Bostic did well on the mound going 3 1/3 innings allowing just one run on two hits, three walks, and recorded 4 strikeouts. Peterson however will take the loss has he allowed 7 runs in 2 innings. Mount Pisgah pitchers allowed 13 walks. It did not help that catcher B Jacobs had 14 passed balls behind the dish (unofficial).
Player of the Game
Julian Horner: 1/2 HR, 2 RBIs, 3 BBs, 2 SBs
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