Caleb Riordan | Ameritime Sports Writer
The Festus Tigers Junior Varsity Baseball team split a pair of games with the Windsor Owls on Monday and Tuesday.
The Owls came out determined to make a statement in the first game. They took an initial 1-0 lead in the third inning before exploding for eight runs in the fourth.
Festus was able to do a little bit of damage in the fourth as well. Brayden Montgomery hit an RBI single that brought Tyler Reece around to score. Montgomery scored later in the inning on a fielder’s choice. Festus left the fourth inning down 9-2 and it would remain that way for the rest of the game. The Owls handed the Tigers their third loss of the season.
Wyatt Huskey led the team with three hits and was 3-3 at the plate. Eli Williams, Montgomery and Trenton Young all had one hit as well. Carter White and Montgomery each had an RBI.
Cole Skaggs started the game and pitched three innings for the Tigers. He allowed five runs on four hits and struck out four batters. Michael Fox and Montgomery both pitched an inning and a third in relief. Fox allowed four runs on five hits. Montgomery only gave up one hit.
The Tigers put their bats to work early and often in the second game, however, it was the Owls who struck first. An RBI single in the top of the first gave Windsor the initial lead. Festus evened things up in their half of the first by way of a Young single that brought Huskey around to score.
Festus grabbed the lead in the second inning when Henry Roux hit a single that brought Gavin Williams in to score. They extended their lead to 3-1 in the third before adding two more runs in the fourth as well. Reece and Bates both had hits that resulted in runs and gave Festus a 6-1 lead. The Tigers added another run in the fifth to cap off the 7-1 victory over the Owls.
Roux and Bates led the team with two hits each. Bates had two RBIs and scored a run. Roux had an RBI and drew a walk, while Huskey had an RBI and drew three walks. Reece was 1-3 with an RBI and scored a run.
Reece started the game on the mound for the Tigers. He threw 65 pitches in four innings, allowed two hits and one run. He also struck out four batters. Young pitched the last three innings in relief. He dominated his time on the mound with seven strikeouts and didn’t allow a single hit.
The JV Tigers now sit at 8-3 on the season. They have won four of their last five games. The Tigers next challenge comes against St. Dominic in the Westminster JV Tournament on Friday, April 16th.