The Fishers Tigers JV Red team (12-13/5-11) mounted a 7th inning comeback and scored 2 runs to defeat the Zionsville Eagles by a score of 3-2 to finish the 2017 season.
The Tigers took the early lead as Anthony DeLucia doubled to left field and eventually scored on a RBI single by AJ Waltermann. The Tigers defense worked well behind pitcher Jake Brattain to get him out of a couple tough spots. In the bottom of the 2nd inning, third baseman Daniel Owens caught a line drive and was able to dive and tag the runner at 3rd before he could get back. Waltermann made a great play to stay on 1st base on a ground ball to Tristan Baker to end the 3rd inning.
The Eagles offense came alive and took a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the 4th inning. Two errors by the Tigers allowed Zionsville to take extra bases and continue their inning. Zach Weber came in to relieve Brattain in the bottom of the 5th inning and was able to record the 3rd out and then a clean 6th inning.
Ben Clark singled to get the 7th inning rally started. Collin Shelton also reached as he hit a hard ground ball that the third baseman was unable to field cleanly. Pinch hitter Noah Bische fouled off two pitches before being hit on a 2-2 count to load the bases. Blake Bilger grounded into a fielder’s choice and beat out a potential game-ending double play ball which allowed courtesy runner Luke Bantz to tie the game. Shelton then scored on a wild pitch to take the lead for the Tigers.
In the bottom of the 7th inning, Weber walked the first batter and was relieved by Tristan Baker. Baker settled in and struck out the first batter, induced a ground ball, and then struck out the last batter of the game looking.
Jake Brattain did not factor into the decision, but he was effective as he went 4.1 innings allowing 1 earned run on 5 hits. Weber earned the win as he went 1.2 innings. He struck out one, did not allow any hits, and only allowed one walk. Baker earned the save as he struck out 2.
The Tigers collected 6 hits on the night including singles by Owens and Collin Shelton. Shelton also collected 2 stolen bases and Bilger stole another bag.
The Tigers finished 12-13 and competing with some very talented teams throughout the year. Fishers was productive on offense all year as then scored 170 runs in those 25 games. Fishers had 191 hits, including 37 doubles, 13 triples, and 2 home runs on the season. The Tigers batted just under 0.300 as a team, but the on base percentage was 0.408 which allowed Fishers to be aggressive all year, including 98 stolen bases. The pitching staff gave up 127 runs, but only 61 of those were earned for a team ERA of 2.61. In addition, the pitchers and the defense worked to keep the team WHIP to 0.802. The Tigers look forward to getting better in the off-season and contributing to the program’s success in the 2018 season.
JV Red Box Score at Zionsville 3-2 (5-22-17)