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Pair of homers help Fort Scott sweep Pittsburg

Saturday, April 7, 2012

FORT SCOTT -- Home runs by Luke Brown in the opener and Brent Parsons in the second game helped lead Fort Scott High's baseball team to a Southeast Kansas League sweep over Pittsburg at Lions Field Thursday night. The Tigers won the opener 13-6 and the nightcap 5-4.

The Tigers (2-0 SEK, 3-2 overall) pounded out 18 hits in the doubleheader. Jacob Durossette picked up 7 of them in 8 at-bats.

"We really broke out offensively against Pittsburg," Fort Scott head coach Josh Regan said. "Our offense was clicking on all cylinders most of the night, and we played very good defense behind some solid pitching. It was a great overall effort and I couldn't be more happy for our players."

The Tigers picked up 5 runs in the first inning of the opener. Pittsburg (2-2, 3-3) scored 3 in the top of the second. The teams exchanged single runs before Fort Scott added four in the third on Brown's grand slam.

Fort Scott added 3 more in the fifth to push the lead to 13-5. Pittsburg scored once in the top of the sixth.

Durossette went 5 for 5 in the opener, scoring 3 runs. Brown and Dane Cummings were each 2 for 4 while Parsons went 2 for 2.

Justin Uhler (2-0) went the distance, allowing 4 earned runs on 9 hits and 3 walks while striking out 4.

"Uhler didn't have his best stuff, but still found a way to get outs and grind out the complete game," Regan said.

The Tigers scored twice in the first inning of game two but the Purple Dragons tied the score in the top of the second. Parsons hit his homer, a leadoff shot, in the fourth.

Pittsburg went ahead with two in the top of the fifth. Fort Scott went in front for good with two in the bottom of the sixth.

Durossette and Parsons each went 2 for 3 for the Tigers in the second game. Caleb Moore (1-0) pitched 6 innings, allowing 5 hits and 3 walks while striking out 3. Ryan Pickert picked up his first save.

"It's just great to see it all come together against a perennial power program like Pittsburg," Regan said. "I told the guys to enjoy it for the night, but come back (Friday) ready to work. We've got big goals and we are not there yet."

The Fort Scott varsity doesn't play again until April 17 when it will face Independence, Kan., in an SEK twinbill.

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