Sometimes in baseball there’s a razor’s edge difference between having a big inning and scoring runs and missing the opportunity to score runs.
Central Magnet saw in Wednesday’s 5-0 loss to Dyersburg that ended the Tigers’ season.
The Tigers had an opportunity to have a big inning in the first inning but missed it.
Central Magnet lost 9-2 to Pigeon Forge earlier in the day.
The Tigers got the bases loaded with one out and Alex Ropp stepped up to bat. He smashed a line drive right back to Dyersburg pitcher Dylan Walters. Walters was barely able to get his glove up in time to knock the ball down. Then he threw to home for the force out.
Walters then induced John Messick to hit a popup to second base to end the inning.
“We had an opportunity to break it open early and we didn’t,” said Central Magnet coach Buddy Powers. “We hit a shot. It almost took the pitcher’s head off, and we didn’t get anything out of it. Give them credit. They played hard and bounced back.”
Walters settled down and only allowed three hits the rest of the game, four overall. He struck out six Central batters as he kept them off-balance.
Pigeon Forge 9, Central Magnet 2: Pigeon Forge did most of the damage in the fifth inning, scoring six runs, four of them coming with two outs. Pigeon Forge also scored runs with two outs in the fourth, sixth and seventh innings.
Koleman Roach had two doubles and two RBIs for Pigeon Forge (37-2). Will Crowe also had two doubles and an RBI.
Central got the bases loaded in the sixth with one out, but Pigeon Forge turned a double play to end the inning when pinch-hitter Josh Green hit a line drive right at Roach, the first baseman.