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Tigers drop Knights in 5 with 11-1 victory
Josh Rivers looks toward the umpire to see if he was safe at second. The Tigers won in 5 innings over Windsor Forest. - photo by By Patty Leon / Coastal Courier
Knowing they need to get as many regional wins as possible, the Bradwell Tigers tucked their ears back and struck first blood against the Windsor Forest Knights Tuesday afternoon.
The Tigers scratched out an 11-1 win in 5 innings to stay just behind Groves and hold on to fourth place in 3-AAAAA. The Tigers are 5-4 in the region, Groves is just ahead after defeating Jenkins High on Tuesday. Jenkins and Camden County are flip-flopping between first and second.
“Steven Dill had 12 strikeouts,” Tiger coach Rhett Hellgren said. “Not too shabby for five innings.”
The Tigers took the lead early, scoring 2 runs in the bottom of the second. They added 2 more runs in the bottom of the third before opening it up in the fifth.
The Tigers are well positioned to get much needy rest and have plenty of time to write a game plan. They were scheduled to play at Brunswick Thursday afternoon and will have 4 full days of rest before the next regional game at Beach High April 22. They play Pierce in a non-region game and then prepare for back-to-back regional games against Jenkins and Groves.
It appears Hellgren’s suggestion that his players go home and watch baseball to soak in the fundamentals is working. The Tigers looked polished on the field and were selecting pitches much better than before. The coach described Dominic Materne as a patient batter and seemed pleased with the reduced errors.
“I’ve said it for some time now and I’ll say it again: We are a good ball club,” Hellgren said. “Now it’s one game at a time.”
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