For the 2nd time in 2 days, the Fishers Tigers Varsity Baseball team (1-3/0-0) watched a lead disappear late and eventually lost the game on a walkoff, this time in extra innings. The Tigers had big leads of 8-2 and 13-6 before Noblesville tied the score at 13 in the bottom of the 6th inning. The Millers finally won the game in the bottom of the 9th on a bases loaded sacrifice fly to centerfield.
The Tigers scored 13 runs on 11 hits and had the winning run on 3rd in the top of the 9th, but were unable to push that extra run across. Matt Bryant led the Tigers offense with 3 hits, 2 RBI, 3 stolen bases, and a run scored. Caulin Brown continued his hot start to the season with 2 hits and 3 RBI. Jack Brown also contributed 2 hits and an RBI, and Jack Braun had a double and 2 RBI. Grant Moritz delivered the loudest hit of the day with a 2-run homerun to left centerfield. The Tigers remained aggressive with 8 stolen bases (3 from Bryant, 2 from Carson Dunn, and 1 each from Joey Brenczewski, Dom Oliverio, and Tate Warner).
Gavin Kuzniewski made his first Varsity start on the mound and earned the no decision. Kuzniewski threw 3 innings allowed 3 earned runs on 2 hits and struck out 4. Joey Wilmoth pitched 2 strong innings in relief allowing 1 earned run on 1 hit with 4 strikeouts. Kyle Manship (0-1) was the tough-luck loser on the mound coming on in relief in the 6th inning with the game tied at 13 and runners at 1st and 2nd. Manship threw 1 pitch for a popup out to end the inning and continued to pitch brilliantly the rest of the game (3 innings total). Manship allowed only the winning run on 1 hit while striking out 5.
With 1 out in the bottom of the 9th, the Millers connected on a single to left, but the hit was misplayed into a 2 base error to put the winning run on 3rd. The Tigers elected to intentionally walk the next 2 Miller batters to load the bases and setup force outs at every base. The Millers next batter connected a fly ball to centerfield that was deep enough to allow the runner to tag up and score the winning run.
The Tigers begin HCC play on Wednesday when they host #1 Zionsville at 6pm.