The Fishers Tigers Varsity Baseball team (5-8/1-3) found themselves in another slugfest, but once again fell short losing to the Mt. Vernon Marauders by a score of 13-11. The Tigers are 2-3 in the past 5 games despite scoring 50 runs on 57 hits in those games.
Tonight, the Tigers found themselves in a 9-0 hole heading into the 5th inning. Of the 9 runs allowed, 4 were unearned runs coming from 3 Tiger defensive errors.
In the 5th inning, the Tiger bats came back to life. With 1 out, Charlie Walker and Nick Lukac worked back-to-back walks. Colin Shelton scored Walker with an RBI double to left. JJ Woolwine followed with a walk to load the bases. Kiel Brenczewski delivered a 2-strike, 2-run single past a diving shortstop to make the score 9-3. Kaid Muth was hit by a pitch to load the bases again. After the 2nd out in the inning, Dom Oliverio and Grant Whetsel worked back-to-back RBI walks to draw the Tigers within 4 runs. With the bases still loaded, JP Preston connected on a pinch-hit 2-run double past a diving 1st baseman. Lukac followed on the next pitch with a 2-run double to tie the game at 9.
The Marauders answered right back in the bottom of the 5th scoring 4 runs to take the lead 13-9. However, the Tigers continued to show the fight they have displayed all season. Woolwine led off the 6th with a double. One out later, Muth drove a deep ball over the centerfielder’s head for an RBI triple. Daniel Owens kept the inning going with an RBI single to score Muth and make the score 13-11, but the Tigers hopes ended there as they were unable to score any more runs in the final inning.
Drew Louden started on the mound for the Tigers and gave up 5 earned runs on 8 hits in 4 innings. Louden struck out 3. Mason Sweeney (1-1) suffered the loss in relief. Sweeney threw 2 innings and allowed 4 earned runs on 4 hits.
The Tigers begin their next HCC Series with Westfield at home on Wednesday April 17th at 6pm. This game was originally scheduled for Friday, but was moved up with the anticipated raining and cold forecast Thursday into Friday. After Wednesday’s game, the Tigers will play 2 games at Westfield either Thursday night, Friday night, and/or Saturday afternoon.