Locked in a scoreless pitchers’ duel through 5 innings, the Arabians were able to manufacture a run in the top of the 6th to take a 1-0 lead. The Tigers responded in the bottom of the 6th. Nick Lukac led the inning off with a walk. Dom Oliverio followed with a single, his 2nd hit of the night. The next batter Kiel Brenczewski hit a ball back up the middle that the pitcher was able to knock down. The Arabian pitcher tried to get the out at 2nd, but his throw took the fielder off the base to load the bases with no outs for the Tigers. Daniel Owens walked to score Lukac and tie that game at 1. After a strikeout, Grant Whetsel scored Oliverio on a hard hit ground ball to 2nd to give the Tigers a 2-1 lead.
With 2 outs and a runner on 2nd in the top of the 7th, the Tigers appeared to be headed to a 2-1 victory, but a defensive miscue allowed the runner to score from 2nd and tie the game at 2.
The Tigers once again responded as Kaid Muth reached on a three base error when a deep fly ball bounced off the glove of the right fielder. The Arabians intentionally walked the next two batters to load the bases with no outs. With the infield drawn in to cut down the winning run at home, Oliverio hit one of the hardest balls of the night right at the 2nd basemen who was able to double off the Tigers runner at 1st for a line drive double play. Now with 2 outs, Brenczewski was intentionally walked to load the bases again. After working the count to a full count, Owens received the game winning RBI on a bases loaded walk.
Owens finished the night 1-2 with a double, 2 walks, and 2 RBI. Oliverio had 2 hits on the night, and Whetsel added a single and an RBI.
Tristan Baker started on the mound for the Tigers and only pitched 1 inning as scheduled. Drew Louden pitched brilliantly in 5 innings of relief. Louden allowed 1 earned run on 2 hits and 0 walks, while striking out 3. Michael Hart (1-0) earned the win in relief. Hart allowed 1 unearned run on 1 hit, while striking out 1.
The Tigers return to action this weekend with a 3-game Series against crosstown rival and #9 Southeastern Royals. The two rivals will play for the annual Mudsock Trophy. Games are Thursday and Saturday nights at Southeastern at 6pm and Friday night at Fishers at 6pm.