Caleb Riordan | Ameritime Sports Writer
The Festus Tigers Junior Varsity Baseball Team was handily beaten by the Parkway West Longhorns 20-7 on Tuesday.
After a great start to the season the JV Tigers have slowed down a bit. They did a solid job of producing offense in this game, but struggled to prevent it on the other side of the ball.
Festus scored first and held an early lead. Cole Skaggs hit an RBI single that brought Trenton Young around to score. Hayden Bates also scored off of a wild pitch in the inning as well. The Tigers left the first with a 2-0 lead.
It was in the second inning that the wheels started to come off for Festus, as the Longhorns rallied to score eight runs in the inning. They capitalized on a few Tiger errors and found good contact on the ball. Parkway West led 8-2 after two innings.
Parkway continued to pile on the runs. They scored four in the third and extended their lead to 12-2. However, Festus showed some life in the bottom of the fifth. Henry Roux hit a single that brought Gavin Williams in to score. Tyler Reece then drew a walk the next at bat that brought a run home as well. Bates smoked a double into center field that brought Will Reese and Roux around to score. Brayden Montgomery was hit by a pitch later in the inning, bringing home another run and Festus cut into the lead, trailing 12-7 at the end of the fourth.
Another big inning from Parkway put the nail in the coffin though. They matched their second inning production and scored another eight runs in the top of the fifth. That gave them 20 runs for the game and Festus couldn’t overcome the lead. The Tigers lost 20-7.
Roux led the team with two hits. He was 2-2 with an RBI and a run scored. Skaggs was 1-3 with an RBI. Bates was 1-2 with a run scored and two RBIs. Young scored one run and drew three walks.
Festus saw four pitchers take the mound in the game. Williams started the game and allowed seven runs in one and one-third innings. Carter White was the first out of the bullpen. He allowed five runs on 36 pitches. Austin Medley allowed six runs in an inning and Roux allowed two.
This was the worst loss of the season for the JV Tigers. They committed four errors and Parkway capitalized on almost all of them. The Tigers look to bounce back on Monday, May 3rd against Parkway North.