The Fishers Tigers JV Red team (8-12/4-6) fought hard the entire game, but ultimately fell to the Southeastern Royals by a score of 8-7 in 9 innings in the opening game of the JV HCC/Hamilton County tournament.
The Royals jumped out to an early 4-0 lead after the 2nd inning. The Royals got to starting pitcher Cam Plew with three big hits in the first inning to eventually drive in 2 runs. In the 2nd inning, walks were the culprit as the Royals loaded the bases. However, Plew was able to induce a ground ball and the Tigers defense turned a double play. On the next play, the Southeastern runner stole home before a double drove in another run.
The Tigers offense came to life in the top of the 3rd inning as they scored 5 runs. Kaden Gorak drew a lead-off walk before Jacob Senior singled to move courtesy runner Matthew Bryant to 3rd. An RBI groundout by Zach Cox got the Tigers on the board. Joey Brenczewski then singled before back-to-back doubles by Jack Braun and Ian Willoughby brought the score to 4-3. Jeffrey Simmons then grounded out to score Braun and tie the game. A Royals error then allowed Willoughby to score and the Tigers to take the lead. Fishers would add another run in the 4th as Gorak singled and Senior again connected with a double to score Bryant.
Both defenses and pitching staffs buckled down to keep the score 6-4 until late in the game. The Royals would add two in the bottom of the 6th to tie the game.
In the top of the 8th inning, the Tigers appeared to have regained the lead as Simmons doubled and Willoughby tried to score from 1st. The relay throw from left field came in and Willoughby was called out as he slid towards the back of home plate.
The Tigers would take the lead in the 9th as Braun was hit by a pitch. As he stole 2nd, the throw flew into centerfield and he advanced to 3rd. The next throw got past the third baseman, allowing Braun to score. In the bottom of the 9th, the Royals got a man on and advanced him to 3rd. The sacrifice fly was fielded by Senior, but the ball just popped out of catcher Kaden Gorak’s glove as he went to apply the tag and the Royals tied the game. A couple pitched later, Southeastern would win on a wild pitch.
Zach Cox took the loss for the Tigers as he pitched the final 4+ innings. He was able to pitch out of a couple tough spots including the bottom of the 8th inning. After a lead-off out, the Royals tripled. Cox struck out the next batter before the next two were intentionally walked to put the force back in effect. Cox then struck out the batter on a full count to keep the game going. Plew took a no-decision as he settled down after the first inning and went 4.0 innings, scattering 7 hits.