Caleb Riordan | Ameritime Sports Writer
The Festus Tigers Junior Varsity Baseball team split a home and home series against the De Soto Dragons last week.
The first of the two games took place on Thursday. Festus took no prisoners in this one and started scoring right away. Trenton Young hit an RBI single that kicked things off. A few batters later, De Soto walked in three straight runs. Festus tacked on another run in the inning and took a 5-0 lead.
The Tigers added one run in the second before putting together another big rally in the third. Henry Roux hit a single that brought Will Reese into score. The next two at-bats were RBI doubles from Tyler Reece and Young. Brayden Montgomery finished the inning off with an RBI single and extended Festus’ lead to double digits. They left the third up 10-0.
Festus finished off the blowout in the bottom of the fourth. Roux hit a sacrifice fly that scored a run. Young and Montogomery followed that up with a couple of RBI singles. Gavin Williams knocked in the 15th and final run of the game for either side. Festus won 15-0.
Young led the team with three hits and four runs scored. He also picked up three RBIs. Reece, Montgomery, Cole Skaggs and Reese all had two hits. Montgomery and Williams each had two RBIs. Festus outhit the Dragons 14-2.
Skaggs started the game and went the distance. He threw 66 pitches, let up two hits and struck out eight batters.
The Tigers’ offense slowed down a bit in the second game on Friday. This time it was the Dragons who struck first. They put together a five-run rally in the first inning to take an early lead. They added another run in the bottom of the third to go ahead 6-0.
Festus put themselves on the board in the top of the fifth. Young hit an RBI double that brought Reese and Roux in to score. That was the only offense Festus could put together as the Tigers lost 6-2.
Roux led the team with two hits, scored a run and drew a walk. Young was 1-3 with two RBIs. Skaggs was 1-3 and drew a walk and overall the Dragons outhit Festus 10-7.
Carter White started the game on the mound for the Tigers. He pitched two and one-third innings, allowed six runs on five hits and struck out a batter. Austin Medley pitched the rest of the game in relief. He allowed five hits and struck out two batters.
The JV Tigers now sit at 10-8 as the end of the season approaches. They have two games this week to finish off their regular season schedule. Their next challenge will be Parkway Central on Tuesday, May 11th.