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Tigers Win Four Straight Games, Emerge Through Boys Minor Loser's Bracket
July 4, 2007 - The hard-charging FarmWorld Tigers won four straight games to come out of the loser’s bracket and earn a chance at a minor league title last week. They defeated the Knightstown Fire Department Yankees 17-9 Saturday morning. That win came on the heels of dramatic victories over the National Road BP Pirates, 14-13 Friday, and the True Communications Red Sox, 7-6, Thursday.
The victory over the Yankees earned the team the right to play – the same day – against the Reds for the minor league championship.
The Tigers exploded for five runs in the top of the fifth inning to break open a close game against the Yankees. Travis Isaacs crushed a home run and a double, going 4-for-5, driving home three runs and scoring two more to pace a monster attack by the winners. Eli Blower was a perfect 5-for-5 with four RBI and two runs, while Jared Waterman had four hits, three RBI and scored two runs in the game.
Leadoff man Adam Bundy went 2-for-4 with three runs and two RBIs, while William Harwood was 3-for-4 with two RBIs and two runs. The first five men in the Tiger order accounted for 18 hits, 10 runs and 14 RBIs in the contest.
The rest of the batting order didn’t do too badly either. Layne Dudley went 3-for-3 with three runs scored, while Marcus Couch had two hits and scored two runs. Tucker Personette went 2-for-3 with two runs and two RBIs. Harwood and Personette both had doubles in the contest.
Yankee Kauner Cleek blasted a home run, going 1-for-1 with two runs scored and two more batted in. Max Rinehart ripped a double on his way to a 3-for-3 game and four runs scored. Easton Fields hit a triple and was 2-for-3 with two runs scored and another batted in. Sam Mix and Michael Haney both had a hit and two RBIs, Dalton Moss scored and drove in a runner, while Zach Taulbee and Jacob Sutton also had an RBI apiece.
The win marked the fourth straight game in which the Tigers, facing elimination in the loser’s bracket, responded by coming up with the big win.
The Tigers kept alive their playoff drive by knocking the Pirates out of the tournament Friday night, 14-13 in yet another thriller.
Travis Isaacs drove home five runs with a home run, scoring twice for the Tigers. Adam Bundy, Jared Waterman and Eli Blower all scored three runs apiece, while William Hardwood had a double and two RBIs.
Those offensive statistics offset huge games by the Pirates’ Seth Emerson and Logan Whitaker, who both slammed a home run. Vivian Goodpaster and Brock Harding, who both went 2-for-2 with two runs scored and two more batted in. Jarrett Wiedner scored three times, Logan Whitaker plated two markers and Lane Corbett also scored and hit safely for the Pirates. Dane Corbett also had a hit and scored.
Marcus Couch scored two runs, while Tucker Personette and Layne Dudley all scored for the Tigers, while Dillon Hiner and Mason Tinkle each drove in a run.
The Tigers were nearly eliminated from the tournament back on Thursday, when they were in a dogfight with the True Communications Red Sox. The game was tied in the bottom of the seventh inning when Dillon Hiner hit a single to left field, scoring Mason Tinkle from second base and giving the team another heart stopping win, 7-6.
Adam Bundy had another good game, going 3-for-3 and scoring three times. Travis Isaacs took part in the turning of a double play in the bottom of the seventh inning that secured the victory. With runners at first and second with one out and the Tigers clinging to that 7-6 lead, Isaacs snagged a line drive. He turned and threw to Eli Blower covering first, completing the double play and ending the game. Isaacs would go on to turn two similar double plays in the tournament, and be a central player in a triple play as well.
Jared Waterman, Eli Blower, Isaacs, Mason Tinkle and Marcus Couch all scored in the game for the Tigers. Dillon Hiner had the game winning hit, and William Harwood drove home two runs.
Jacob Bearhope, as he had done all season long, turned in another superb offensive performance by going 3-for-3 with two RBIs and a run scored for the Red Sox.
Tyler Henderbrand had two hits and two RBIs, while Riley Ruble doubled and Lucas Haase singled and scored.
Tyler Littleton scored and had an RBI, while Mason Carmichael plated two runs and had a single.
The eventual league champion Reds survived a scare last Thursday when they turned back the Yankees, 10-7.
The Reds had bolted out to a 6-0 lead, and then saw the Yankees put on a tremendous rally to pull ahead 7-6 with a seven-run third inning.
The Reds came back with two runs in the fourth and two more in the fifth to pull out the victory.
Drake Peggs went 3-for-3 with two runs scored, while Spencer Mattix, Noah Stone and Rufus Noe each had two hits and scored for the Reds. Alex Fields, Kaden Gabbard, Jerad Mills and Gerald Noe also hit safely for the winners. Chance Morgan and William Noe reached base and scored. Quadere Noe reached base twice, going 1-for-2 with a run scored.
After falling behind early 6-0, the Yankees scored seven times in the third inning to temporarily take the lead. Max Rhinehart, Easton Fields, Tyler Burton, Kauner Cleek, Kendall Stamm, Sam Mix and Michael Haney all crossed the plate as the Yanks put the Reds back on their heels for the first time in the tournament.
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