Tioga’s phrase all season was “I don’t get tired,” which is a common quote from musician Kevin Gates. Apparently, the Indians are not tired of holding their district crown.
Tioga earned a 7-0 win over Grant Thursday night to claim the District 3-4A title for the seventh straight season.
“It’s a great feeling,” Tioga coach Dave Montiel said. “It was one of our goals that we set to reach before the season and anytime you can achieve that, it’s good.”
Senior Zach Sanders pitched a complete game shutout, giving up just four hits as the top-ranked Indians won their seventh straight game and improved their record to 25-6. Sanders improved to 6-0 on the season and lowered his ERA to 2.07.
Offensively, junior outfielder Tremaine Spears broke the game open in the second inning with a three-run home run. The UL Lafayette commit now has six home runs this season and has hit three of those in the span of six days.
Grant (18-2-1, 8-2), which is ranked 10th in the LHSAA power ratings for Class 4A, saw its five-game winning streak snap to the same Indians team it lost to just 15 days earlier in Dry Prong.
Both teams will close their regular seasons Friday as they will gear up for the playoffs. Tioga travels to Jena, while Grant hosts parish rival Georgetown. Both games are scheduled for 6 p.m.
Tioga and Grant both likely will host a first-round playoff game, which must be played by Tuesday. Playoff pairings for classes 5A and 4A will be released Sunday.