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By Corey Stott
MEMPHIS, Mo.- 4/12/22- The Scotland County Tigers (3-6, 1-1) found themselves in another pitcher’s duel last Tuesday evening when the North Shelby Raiders (5-2) came to town for non-conference baseball. And once again, untimely defensive miscues cost the Tigers a chance to pick up a win.
JD Rich got a lead-off single to right field to start the game. After advancing to third on a couple of pitches that got away from Tiger catcher Ian Wilson, he scored on a Robert Uhlmeyer groundout to second. North Shelby led it 1-0 mid first.
In the home half of the inning, the Tigers put up a run of their own. Corbyn Spurgeon had a lead-off single and a stolen base before being scored on an Ian Wilson double to left field. The game was tied at a run apiece after one inning of play.
The Raiders scored again in the top of the third with an Uhlmeyer RBI single to left scoring Rich. North Shelby led 2-1 mid third.
The game went scoreless from that point until the top of the sixth inning. With two outs, Rich reached on a fielding error. That allowed Casey Shockley and Keaton Roan to score. The Raiders led 4-1 mid sixth. The runs that scored as a result of that error would prove to be the difference in the game.
In the bottom half of the inning Scotland County managed to put up two runs of their own. Logan Buford drew a two-out walk and was then moved around the bases when Vince Dale hit a two-run rocket over the right center field fence. It put the Tigers back within a run. But it wasn’t enough, as both teams went scoreless in the seventh, and the Raiders won the game 4-3.
Both starting pitchers went the full seven-inning distance. Uhlmeyer got the start and the win for the Raiders. He faced 31 batters, striking out 13 and walking only two, while allowing three runs on eight hits. Owen Triplett got the start and the loss for the Tigers. He faced 33 batters, striking out 10 and walking three, while allowing four runs on nine hits.
Dale was three of three with a home run and two RBIs for the Tigers. Spurgeon was two of four, Wilson was one of four with an RBI, and Riley Small was one of two batting.
For the Raiders, Uhlmeyer was three of four with two RBIs. Rich and Kyle Smith were each two of four hitting, and Roan was one of two.