PARSONS -- Fort Scott High's first-game rally didn't hold up but the Tigers went out early in the second game and made sure another rally wouldn't be necessary in a split against Parsons here Tuesday in Southeast Kansas League play.
The Tigers rallied from a 5-0 deficit after four innings in the first game to take an 8-5 lead into the bottom of the seventh. But a home run by Keaton Nolting jump-started a 4-run Viking rally as Parsons came back to win 9-8.
Fort Scott scored 8 times in the top of the first of the second game and led 10-2 after three, holding on for an 11-5 win to salvage the split.
"In game two we came out absolutely locked in," Fort Scott head coach Josh Regan said. "It was exactly the approach we have been talking about and haven't had since we played Pittsburg."
Zach Denton led off the second game with a triple to the wall and the first eight Tigers got on base and scored. Luke Brown hit a 3-run homer during the inning, his second of the season. Twelve batters went to the plate in that inning.
Denton, Jacob Durossette and Mason Knopp each had 2 hits in the nightcap. Benjamin Labbe scored twice. Ryan Pickert (2-1) was the winning pitcher.
"Some guys stepped up and started to lead this team- and that lifted everyone's game," Regan said. "We are working on sustaining that. That's what I expect our fans to see every night out down the stretch."
The Tigers (4-4 SEK, 5-6 overall) scored 5 runs in the top of the fifth inning of the opener to tie the score, added one in the sixth on a Parsons error and added 2 more in the seventh.
Nolting's homer brought Parsons (2-6, 2-8) within 8-6. Nate Strathe and Dusty Dishman reached base and scored on Quintin Hammer's 2-out single, tying the score. Hammer eventually scored the winning run on an error, according to the scoresheet provided to the Tribune.
"We battled back after getting down 5 runs, and we have to be proud of that," Regan said. "We also have to learn to close games out when we go into the seventh with a 3-run lead. We pressed when the collar got tight -- and that's baseball.
Knopp and Justin Uhler were each credited with 2 runs batted in. Knopp and Durossette each had 2 hits.
Uhler (2-2) pitched all 7 innings allowing only 4 earned runs as the Tigers (unofficially) committed 6 errors.
"Justin Uhler was really solid for us and I thought he had a great bounce-back outing," Regan said. "We just didn't back him up very well."
The Tigers play an SEK doubleheader today at Coffeyville. Friday, weather permitting as thunderstorms are in the forecast, they'll face Nevada in a single game at Lions Field. The varsity game will begin at 4:30 p.m. with a junior varsity game to follow. Nevada won the first meeting, 6-2, at Nevada on March 27.
Fort Scott...... 000 051 2 -- 8 8 6
Parsons......... 023 000 4 -- 9 8 3
WP -- Nolting. LP -- Uhler (2-2).
HR -- Parsons: Nolting (7th inn., none on, 1 out).
Fort Scott...... 811 010 0 -- 11 10 1
Parsons......... 020 003 0 -- 5 14 2
WP -- Pickert (2-1). LP -- Beachner.
HR -- Fort Scott: L.Brown (2; 1st inn., 3 on, none out)