“I was proud of the guys for staying in it and fighting to the end,” said DC coach Alex Duhaime. “We were able to over come some mishaps and take advantage of some mistakes they made. It was a good team victory.”
Landmark jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first inning inning thanks to a leadoff triple by Josh Nobles. Nobles scored on a swinging bunt to the pitcher. The War Eagles threatened again late in top of the first, putting runners on second and third with two outs. However, DC pitcher Logan Tillem was able to get out of the jam by forcing a flyout to center.
The War Eagles added a second run in the top of the third inning. Ben Baggett reached base and stole second to get into scoring position. Seth Young grounded to short but the throw was mishandled by the first baseman and Baggett scored on the play.
Douglas County battled back in the bottom of the third, taking a 3-2 lead. Drew Norton led off the inning with a double. Tillem singled to left and Norton scored standing up on the play. Norton was thrown out trying to scramble back to first after contemplating going for a double.
Connor Moroney then singled and David Ihrig doubled to right center, scoring the runner and tying the game. Dylan Wilkie singled to left and Tyler Bramble came in as a courtesy runner. With runners on first and third, Bramble stole second and a poor throw by the Landmark catcher allowed Ihrig to score, giving the Tigers the lead.
DC added two more runs in the bottom of the fifth. Tillem led off the inning with an infield single on a pop up that the Landmark infield could not find. After Arnold stole second, Moroney reached on a single to right and stole second to put runners at second and third with no outs. After Ihrig struck out, Wilkie hit a bullet back to the mound that the Landmark pitcher caught out of pure instinct. With two outs, Bramble hit a fly ball to right that looked like and inning ender, but the ball was never touched by the War Eagle right fielder, who misplayed it, and two runs scored on the play.
Landmark threatened the lead in the top of the seventh inning, pushing two runs across the plate and putting another runner on second. With two outs, pitcher Payton Myers got out of the jam by getting the final batter to ground out to short.
Tillem picked up the win on the mound. He allowed one earned run off of seven hits in five innings of work. He struck out three and walked none. Myers got the save, allowing one earned run in two innings. He struck out one and walked two.
Logan and Payton pitched very well and our pitching coach called a great game,” Duhaime said. “We were able to neutralize a lot of their good hitters and they made the outs they needed to make.”
Scott Smith took the loss on the mound. He allowed five runs off of 11 hits in five innings of work. He struck out three and walked none.
Tillem, Moroney and Wilkie had two hits apiece. Eight hitters in all picked up a hit in the DC lineup. The Tigers outhit the War Eagles 11-7.