Tigers drop season opener at Nevada

Tuesday, March 27, 2012
Fort Scott's Brent Parsons (20) and John Hughes nearly collide while going for a pop foul during the bottom of the fifth inning of a game at Nevada Monday afternoon. Parsons was able to make the catch for the final out of the inning. The Tigers lost to Nevada 6-2 in the season opener for both teams. (Ralph Pokorny/Nevada Daily Mail)

NEVADA -- Host Nevada scored 5 runs in the bottom of the first inning and made them stand in the season opener for Fort Scott High School's baseball team here Monday.

Nevada threatened to add more in the bottom of the second, loading the bases with nobody out. But Fort Scott pitcher Brent Parsons got back-to-back strikeouts for the first two outs and a fly ball out to center field to get out of the inning.

Parsons also drove in Fort Scott's first run, bringing in Chase Howser with a 2-out single to right in the top of the third. Howser led off the inning with a single, then moved to second on a passed ball.

Nevada, also playing its first game of the season after two scheduled contests were rained out last week, got another run in the fourth to make it 6-1.

Nevada left-hander Bubba Banes pitched six strong innings but walked the first two batters of the seventh -- Clayton Hixson and Zach Denton -- and was relieved by Trey Aust, who walked Caleb Moore to load the bases.

Dustin Stewart hit a sacrifice fly to Banes, now in right field, to bring in Hixson. Banes' throw home was wild, allowing Denton and Moore to advance an extra base. But Aust got a pop up to second and a strikeout to end the game.

Parsons had 2 of Fort Scott's 3 hits while Howser had the other. Banes allowed 5 walks and struck out 7.

Cole Sanderson was 2 for 4 at the plate to lead Nevada's offense.

Fort Scott plays its home opener Thursday as Girard visits Lions Field for a 4:30 p.m. doubleheader.

NOTES -- The was the first game in charge for both teams' head coaches. Fort Scott's Josh Regan takes over at his alma mater after three years at Jayhawk-Linn. Marty Atnip coached for 10 years a Golden City, Mo., and four at Purdy, Mo., before taking charge of the Nevada program....

Fort Scott...... 001 000 1 -- 2 3 2

Nevada.......... 500 100 x -- 6 8 1

WP -- Banes. LP -- Parsons (0-1). Sv. -- Aust.

HR -- none.