The Fishers Tigers JV Red team (5-10/1-6) finally returned to action after the weather wreaked havoc on the schedule as the Tigers defeated the New Palestine Dragons by a score of 8-2. Jack Braun led the Tigers on offense as he went 3-4 with a double, 4 RBIs and 2 stolen bases. Jack Backofen (3-1) earned the win for the Tigers as he went 4.2 strong innings.
The Tigers jumped out to an early lead as Zach Cox drew a lead-off walk. Cox then stole 2nd base and moved to 3rd on a sacrifice bunt by Joey Brenczewski. Braun singled to give the Tigers an early 1-0 lead. The Tigers would add two more runs in the 3rd inning as Braun doubled to drive in Jacob Senior who had singled and Cox who had drawn another walk.
Backofen and the Tigers defense worked well to limit scoring chances early in the game. A lead-off singled in the 1st was erased as Backofen recorded two strikeouts to end the inning. In the 2nd inning, a walk and a hit batter eventually allowed Dragon runners to reach 2nd and 3rd base. However, Backofen induced two easy fly balls to end the inning. In the 3rd inning, Backofen made a great play to field a ground ball and the Tigers defense was able to put out the lead runner in a perfectly executed rundown. Both Dragon runs on the night were the result of walks that eventually turned into runs.
The Tigers big inning came in the bottom of the 4th as the Tigers sent nine batters to the plate. Grant Moritz was hit by a pitch before Jeffrey Simmons singled. Senior again singled and Moritz was able to score on an errant throw in from the outfield. Cox hit a sacrifice fly to score Simmons. Brenczewski, Braun, and Ian Willoughby all singled to bring in three more runs for the Tigers.
Evan Allbright relieved Backofen in the top of the 5th inning and worked quickly to end the game. After walking the first batter he faced, Allbright settled in to eventually record 3 strikeouts and only allow one other single in his 2.1 innings of work.
The Tigers travel to Franklin Central to begin a conference series with the Flashes on Wednesday.