The Festus Tigers had just two games this week, but the results couldn’t have been better. On Monday they took on the Gateway Legacy Lions and executed a dramatic, come-from-behind walk-off win. The Tigers backed that up two days later with a four-inning mercy killing of the Potosi Trojans to the tune of a 16-1 victory. The wins boosted them to 15-6 this season.
Monday’s game against the Lions had a little bit of everything. Gateway struck first with a run in the top of the opening inning and then added another in the fourth to go up 2-0, but the Tigers were able to rally and tie it up at 2-all. With two on and two out, Brayden Montgomery ripped a grounder to third that should have been playable, but the Lions third baseman let it get past him and two runs came in to score. Festus took advantage of multiple errors in the inning.
Gateway struck again though, scratching outs runs in the sixth and seventh innings to retake their two-run lead. That gave the Tigers three outs to try and push three runners across the plate. A leadoff walk by Mason Schirmer made the hope of a comeback look promising, but the next two batters couldn’t reach safely, and Festus was down to its last out.
Then the rally began to unfold. Nate Moore reached on a sharp single to third and Wyatt Huskey followed that up with a walk to load the bases. In stepped Brady Nolen, who turned on the first pitch he saw and drove it into the gap in right. That burner cleared the bases and gave the Tigers the three runs they needed to walk it off. It’s hard to dream it up any better than that.
Nolen was the big hero offensively, collecting the only three RBI of the day for Festus, and his game winning double was the team’s only extra-base hit. Schirmer, Hayden Bates and Moore collected the other three hits in the game.
Trenton Young got the start and went four solid innings, but Cole Skaggs earned the W with his three innings of relief. Collectively they allowed three earned runs on six hits and five walks while striking out five.
Two days later the Tigers traveled to Potosi, and while it was a heck of a day to be a Festus fan, this game didn’t quite have the drama of Monday’s contest. The big cats struck early with two runs in the bottom of the first thanks to an RBI triple from Bates. He came around to score on a Tyler Bizzle sac fly, and the Tigers had themselves a 2-0 lead.
Potosi picked up a run in the bottom of the second, but Festus unloaded in the third with four more. Bizzle drove in two with a lined single to right before Montgomery plated a pair as well with a base hit to left. That made it 6-1 and put the Tigers in a comfortable spot. It was still early though.
That is unless, Festus put up a 10-spot in the next inning and just went ahead and ended the game after just four innings. Spoiler alert. They did just that.
The Tigers quickly loaded the bases with nobody out and Bates came through again, driving in two more with a smoked single to left. Another run scored on an error, then five more crossed the plate thanks to three bases loaded walks and two HBPs before Bizzle looped a double to right that plated another pair.
That made it 16-1, and since Potosi couldn’t generate even a baserunner in the bottom of the fourth, it also made it the final score. Schirmer got the win after throwing three innings of one run ball on three hits and two walks against six Ks. Moore pitched the final inning and was perfect.
The Killer Bs took care of most of the offense in this one with Bates going 2-for-2 with four RBI and three runs scored, while Bizzle drove in five with his 2-for-3 effort. Schirmer had a pair of hits and Montgomery drove in two.
It was a good week for Festus, and they will try and extend the win streak next week when they take on the Statesmen of Webster Groves on 5/3.