An surge in the early innings lead to a victory as Tri-State Tires defeated Dr. Epps on Friday, 16-8.
Things started picking up for Tri-State in the first inning. With bases loaded, one runner scored on a wild pitch. During the sequence, Chandler Mink and TJ Patterson advanced bases.
Eli Mullins hit the ball, but was thrown out at first. Mink scored a run in the process.
With two outs, Zack Evans drove in Patterson for an RBI single. Caleb Bonoko struck out to end the inning.
At the bottom of the first, Dr. Epps got runners in position. With the bases loaded and two out, Mullins struck out Chase Adkins to end the inning.
At the end of the first, Tri-State held a 3-0 lead.
Tri-State went on a seven run rally at the top of the second.
After Brad King was walked by Taye Drake, Sidney McWilliams singled to first. She then stole second on a wild pitch.
Hannah McCullough drove both runners home on a single. Mink followed suit with a single of his own. Both runners stole bases after a wild pitch from Drake.
Following a strike out by Patterson, John Dunn hit a single that allowed McCullough and Mink to score. Mullins also hit a single. Drake walked Evans to load the bases.
Dunn stole home after a wild pitch. A strike out from Bonoko gave Dr. Epps two outs.
King hit a double that allowed Mullins and Evans to score. Drake ended the inning when he struck out McWilliams.
Going into the bottom of the second, Tri-State held a 10-0 lead over Dr. Epps.
Epps scored their first runs in the bottom of the second.
Mullins started the inning off by walking Xzavier Simpson, Kandall Jackson and Jack Yoakum. Simpson was thrown out at home by the third baseman to give Epps their first out.
With two runners on base, Jamayah Young got out on a fly ball. Jonathan Weaver loaded the base with a single.
Jackson scored a run after Drake was hit by a pitch. Yoakum scored a run after Mullins walked Connor Winterburger.
The inning ended when Keith McPherson got out on a fly ball.
At the end of the second, Tri-State held on to a firm 10-2 lead over Dr. Epps.
McCullough started things off at the top of the third. She singled to first. She then stole second on a wild pitch.
Mink hit a single that allowed McCullough to advance to third. A double from Patterson brought McCullough home.
Dunn struck out on his next at-bat to give Tri-State their first out. Mullins singled to first to allow Mink to score a run.
Mullins was thrown out after Evans hit a single. He would eventually steal second and third after wild pitches.
Dr. Epps brought Young in to pitch for Drake after the single. She walked Rookie McWilliams and Brad King before striking out James West in four pitches.
Going into the bottom of the third, Dr. Epps trailed Tri-State, 13-2.
Dr. Epps wasn’t going to give up. The team scored four runs at their next at-bat.
Tri-State brought King in to pitch at the bottom of the third. He walked Adkins and hit Simpson with a pitch to start the inning off. He then struck out Jackson in three straight pitches for the team’s first out.
Both Yoakum and Young were walked by the pitcher to load the bases. Adkins scored a run after Young was walked.
Weaver hit a single to get to first. Simpson was thrown out at home plate to give Epps their second out of the inning.
At the next at-bat, Drake hit the ball deep into right-center to bring Yoakum, Young and Weaver home. He was thrown out at third as he tried to turn the play into a triple.
At the end of the third inning, Dr. Epps trailed Tri-State, 13-6.
Young walked McCullough to start the inning off. She stole both second and third base on wild pitches. Mink was also walked by Young. He stole second base to move two runners in scoring position with no outs.
Dr. Epps brought Adkins in to pitch for Young. After the change, Patterson lined out to third base to give Tri-State their first out of the inning.
Young then struck out Dunn in four pitches.
Mullins was up to bat when McCullough stole home on a wild pitch. Mink was thrown out trying to steal third.
Going into the bottom of the fourth, Tri-State held a 14-6 lead.
At the bottom of the fourth, Winterburger made it to first after getting hit by a pitch. He stole second on a wild pitch.
McPherson got a hit to move Winterburger into scoring position. Winterburger was thrown out a home by McCullough. McPherson made it to second base during the sequence. He then stole third while Adkins was up to bat.
A single by Adkins drove in McPherson for a run. A double from Simpson drove in Adkins for another run.
King walked the next two batters, Jackson and Aaron Fletcher, before McCullough was brought in to close. She struck out the remaining two batters to end the inning with Tri-State up, 14-8.
At the top of the fifth, Mullins and Josh Cody were walked by Young. Dr. Epps brought Jackson in to pitch.
He walked Bonoko after a six-pitch battle. He then hit King with a pitch that allowed Mullins to score. The game ended after Sidney McWilliams got hit with a pitch that allowed Cody to score.
The final score was 16-8 in favor of Tri-State.
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