The Fishers Tigers Varsity Baseball team (1-1/0-0) dropped a heartbreaker in the first game of the Noblesville Invitational losing 6-5 to Franklin Community on a walkoff single in the bottom of the 7th. The Tigers held the lead the entire game and were up 5-4 with 1 out left to secure their 2nd victory on the young season, but were unable to close it out.
The Tigers took the lead 1-0 in the top of the first when Joey Brenczewski walked, stole both 2nd and 3rd and came home on a throwing error by the catcher. JP Preston singled with 2 outs in the 4th and scored on Jack Braun’s RBI double to make the score 2-0. After Franklin scored a run, the Tigers extended their lead to 5-1 in the top of the 5th. Caulin Brown led off the inning with a double and advanced to 3rd on Kaden Gorak’s sacrifice bunt. Matt Bryant reached base on a fielder’s choice and Brenczewski walked again to load the bases. Carson Dunn scored Brown picked up an RBI when he reached on a fielder’s choice. Dom Oliverio delivered the big blow of the inning with a 2-run double to the left centerfield gap.
Franklin cut the Tigers lead to 5-2 with a run in the bottom of the 5th, and scored 2 more in the bottom of the 6th to make the score 5-4 and setup the Tigers heartbreak loss in the bottom of the 7th.
Starting pitcher Tate Warner pitched great in his 5 innings of work. Warner allowed 1 earned run, scattered 6 hits, and struck out 8 batters while walking only 1. Mason Sweeney (0-1) suffered his first loss in 1.1 innings of relief.
The Tigers faced a tough pitcher from Franklin, striking out 11 times in a row during the first 4 innings. But the Tigers continued to scrap and fight at the plate throughout the entire game picking up 5 hits (4 doubles and 1 single). Oliverio, Braun, Caulin Brown, and Bryant had the doubles, and Preston contributed the single.