Tiger baseball splits at Independence

Friday, April 21, 2017

INDEPENDENCE — Fort Scott High School’s baseball team had to settle for a split in Southeast Kansas League play here Tuesday after Independence won the second game of the doubleheader in the bottom of the seventh inning.

The Tigers won the opener, 7-2, but lost the nightcap, 9-8.

Jarrett Lyon (1-3) held the Bulldogs to one earned run on one hit and 2 walks in the opener while striking out 8.

The Tigers (3-3 SEK, 4-6 overall) broke a 1-1 tie in the third when Jeron Poyner’s line-drive single to center scored Grant Goldston. Fort Scott added 3 in the fifth and 2 in the seventh.

Poyner and Gunnar Brown each had 2 hits for the Tigers. Matt Campbell drove in 2 runs.

Altough Fort Scott held a 6-0 lead after 2 1/2 innings of the second game, Independence (3-1, 4-3) was able to rally and tied the score at 7-7 after five innings.

The Tigers reclaimed the lead when Alec Michaud led off the top of the sixth with a triple and scored on a wild pitch.

Josh Pralle, who had hit a 3-run home run in the third to get Indy’s bats going, drove in the tying and winning runs on a double to center field with 2 out in the seventh. Pralle was 3 for 5 for the Bulldogs with 5 runs batted in.

Alec Michaud was 3 for 3 for the Tigers while Connor Masters and Marcus Jamison were each 2 for 3.

The Tigers will host Paola in a non-league twinbill Monday at 4:30 at Dave Regan Stadium/LaRoche Baseball Complex.

Game One

Fort Scott........................... 101 030 2 — 7 9 3

Independence................. 010 001 0 — 2 1 4

WP — Lyon (1-3). LP — Pralle.

HR — None.

Game Two

Fort Scott........................... 141 101 0 — 8 9 1

Independence................. 003 130 2 — 9 15 1

Two out when winning run scored.

WP — Elias. LP — Defebaugh (0-1).

HR — Independence: Pralle (3rd inn., 2 on, none out).