The Fishers Tigers JV Red team (4-6/1-3) jumped out to an early lead and held on to defeat the Mt Vernon Marauders by a score of 8-5. The Tigers were led at the plate by Ian Willoughby who had two doubles and 4 RBIs. Joey Brenczewski had 3 hits that turned into two runs for the Tigers. Jack Backofen earned the win as he went 4+ innings and allowed 6 hits and 5 runs.
The first five batters for Fishers reached base and were able to score before the Marauders were able to record the first out of the game. Riley Padron singled and Joey Brenczewski later laid down a perfect bunt to set the table for Willoughby’s first double.
In the 2nd inning, the top of the Tigers lineup again did damage as Padron singled to right field before Zach Cox was hit by a pitch. Brenczewski grounded out to the right side allowing both runners to move a base before Willoughby again struck. The Tigers bats went quiet until the bottom of the 6th inning when Brenczewski doubled on a ball that hit 3rd base and kept going into the left field corner. Jack Braun singled to drive in the insurance run.
The Tigers pitching and defense was solid all night. The middle of the infield erased a scoring chance with a quick double play in the 2nd inning. After Backofen allowed two walks that turned into two runs, the Tigers buttoned down and catcher Kaden Gorak threw out a runner stealing 2nd base. In the 4th inning, the Tigers escaped a bases loaded jam including a ground ball that 3rd baseman Evan Carmona fielded and threw home. In the 5th inning, the Tigers recorded another double play as Backofen now at 2nd base caught a line drive and was able to throw back to 1st base beating the runner. Jack Braun pitched the final 3 innings for the Tigers and only allowed 1 hit. In the top of the 6th inning, the Marauders again loaded the bases. A great play by Brenczewski at short, a ground out that first baseman Cory Wolter threw home and then a strikeout ended the inning.