Caleb Riordan | Ameritime Sports Writer
The Festus Tigers Junior Varsity Baseball team beat Ste. Genevieve, but fell twice to the Hillsboro Hawks and moved to 9-6 on the season.
The Tigers were in need of a win after getting blown out by St. Dominic 13-3 last weekend. They found some success against the Ste. Genevieve Dragons.
The Tigers started the game well when Michael Fox singled in Tyler Reece and gave his team the initial lead. The Dragons immediately evened things at one run a piece in their half of the first inning.
Festus grabbed the lead back when Will Reese scored on an error in the top of the third. Reese scored again when he stole home in the top of the fifth and gave the Tigers a 3-1 lead. Ste. Gen couldn’t muster up any more offense and Festus won 3-1.
Reece was 1-3 and scored a run. Fox was also 1-3 and had one RBI. Cole Skaggs, Trenton Williams and Trenton Young all had one hit. Overall, the Tigers outhit the Dragons 5-4.
Gavin Williams started the game on the mound for Festus. He threw four and one-third innings, gave up one run on four hits and struck out two. Brayden Montgomery made a relief appearance and struck out two batters.
The Tigers’ next two games against their rival, the Hillsboro Hawks, didn’t go as well. In their first matchup on Thursday, Festus grabbed the lead early. Skaggs hit an RBI single in the first for the first run of the game. Reece hit an RBI-triple in the second, immediately followed up by a RBI-single from Young that put Festus ahead 3-0.
It wasn’t until the bottom of the second that the Hillsboro offense was turned loose. They rallied for a quick six-run inning that gave them the lead. They added two more runs in the fourth and sixth innings that put them ahead 10-3.
Festus put together three runs in the top of the seventh but it wasn’t enough. The Hawks took game one 10-6.
Skaggs and Young led the team with three hits each. Reece and Montgomery were just behind with two hits apiece, while Skaggs and Young also had two RBIs. Reece and Young each scored two runs and both teams ended the game with 11 hits.
Reece started the game on the mound and gave up six runs. Fox was the first out of the bullpen in relief. He pitched two innings and allowed two runs. Henry Roux also made an appearance on the bump. He gave up two runs on six hits and struck out three batters.
Festus would have loved to even the season series against their rival on Friday, but unfortunately for the Tigers, that wasn’t the case.
Hillsboro established themselves early and put two runs on the board in the top of the first. The Tigers evened things up in the bottom of the second when Wyatt Huskey hit an RBI single followed up by an RBI groundout from Reece.
Much like the last game, Hillsboro put together a couple of big rallies in the third and fourth innings that put them ahead 9-2.
Festus scored one in the fourth off of a Hawks error. They also scored a run in both the sixth and seventh innings. Hillsboro kept them at a distance throughout all seven innings and won the game 11-5.
Huskey led the team with two hits. He was 2-4 with an RBI and scored a run. Skaggs and Reece were the only other Tigers to pick up hits. Roux drew two walks and scored a run. Young drew a walk, scored two runs and had an RBI. In total, Festus only picked up four hits.
Young started the game on the mound and lasted three and one-third innings. He gave up six runs on four hits and struck out four batters. Skaggs pitched two and one-third innings in relief. He allowed four runs on six hits and struck out three batters. Carter White pitched an inning and a third in relief as well. He allowed one run and struck out three batters. Only three of the Hawks’ 11 runs were earned. Festus committed three errors and walked five batters.
After a very fast start to the season, the JV Tigers have hit a few speed bumps. They have lost four of their last five games and sit at 9-6. Festus looks to pick things back up in a double-header against Farmington and Jefferson on Saturday, April 24th.