by Gary Andrews
The Southwood varsity baseball team hosted Peru in a double header Saturday, losing game one 5-4 before handing the Tigers their first loss of the season with a 9-8 victory in game two.
In game one, the first inning had plenty of action. In the top of the inning, Peru would strike first when Logan Brimbury hit a fly ball out to bring Cameron Beauchamp home. Richardson would then score on a Ray single for a 2-0 lead. The Southwood offense would waste no time answering the Peru opening. Jackson Blair led off the inning with a single and was followed by a Nathan Hollars single to put runners on first and second. Robbie Cole would then single and the Knights had the bases loaded with no outs. Brandin Frazier hit the fourth straight single, knocking in Blair and Hollars to tie the score at 2. On the next pitch Cole and Frazier pulled off a double steal with Jacob Lloyd making the Tigers pay with a 2 run single and the Knights led 4-2 after one.
Unfortunately for the Knights, the seeing eye hits they had in the first inning became a thing of the past the rest of the game as everything they hit went right at someone. The Tigers would chip away at the Knight lead, scoring 2 runs in the third to tie the game and scored 1 run in the 5th to take a 5-4 lead which held up for the game one win.
In game two, the Tigers would jump out to an early lead again, scoring 1 run on a Brimbury double that scored Richardson. The Knights manufactured a run in the bottom of the inning with a Jackson Blair walk, a Robbie Cole double and a Brandin Frazier grounder to score Blair and it was 1-1 after one.
The Tigers would plate another run in the second and 2 in the third to open a 4-1 lead as the Knights struggled to take advantage of opportunities.
Southwood held Peru in the fourth and made a major move in the bottom of the inning. With one out Christian Deeter and Zach Ball hit singles followed by a Kelly walk to load the bases. Deeter would then score on a wild pitch to cut the Peru lead in half at 4-2. After the second Kelly walk of the inning loaded the bases again, Zach Ball would score on a wild pitch to make it 4-3. Jackson Blair would then single home C. Kelly to knot the score at 4, but the Knights were not done. A. Kelly would then score on the third wild pitch of the inning, giving the Knights a 5-4 lead before Nathan Hollars drove home Blair for the 6th run and Southwood led 6-4.
Neither team would do anything in the 5th, but the Knights made some noise again in the 6th. C. Kelly reached on a Tiger error, followed by a Blair single. Hollars would double home Kelly and three pitches later Cole doubled home Blair and Hollars as the Knights opened a 9-4 lead with one inning to go.
Things would get interesting in the top of the 7th as the Tigers were not done. Five singles and a fielder’s choice cut the Knight lead to 9-7 with one out. After a Peru strike out the sixth single of the inning made it 9-8 before a fly out ended the game with a 9-8 Knight win.