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Tigers live up to full potential
Coach says finally in 10-9 win
Trivon Williams slides safely into third in Tuesday’s match against Groves. Williams then brought in the go ahead run for the win 10-9. - photo by By Patty Leon / Coastal Courier
“Finally,” Tiger baseball coach Rhett Hellgren said after his Tigers’ squad came from behind twice in Tuesday’s game against Groves. “It was a complete team effort and they played the way I always knew they could.”
The Tigers were behind 1-5 early in the game but came back in the sixth inning, scoring 7. Then the Rebels scored 3 tying the score at 8 to open the 7th inning.
“Steven Dill started the game but was pulled when I felt he was having control problems again,” the coach said as he recapped the game.
“I brought Dustin (Belletty) in and he did a fantastic job,” he said. “He has really been a work horse. But he got tired in the end, and Kentrell (Hargrove) came in and gets the win.”
While Belletty pitched most of the game, it was Hargrove who helped contain the Rebels in the last inning. At the top of the 7th the Rebels were able to get the go ahead run (8-9) and it was up to the Tigers to see if they had what it takes to finish the game.
Hargrove got a hit and made first base. Dominic Materne had a sacrifice bunt advancing Hargrove to second. Jeff Polk had a solid hit, bringing in Hargrove to tie the game. Polk’s designated runner, Trivon Williams, eventually scored the go ahead run off a Tiger hit, giving the Tigers the win.
A win is always something a team wants. A win on senior night was the icing on the cake.
“Today was a total team performance and they finally played to their potential and played like a ball club,” Hellgren said. “I would like to say that it was a pleasure having Kentrell Hargrove, Dustin Belletty, Jeff Polk and Juwan Hill on our team.
“You couldn’t ask for better kids than those four. Dustin has really matured this season and he is a great young man, they all are, but Dustin really matured and grew this season and he’s going to do all right in life. We came back from behind twice. We had some clutch hitting and it was just a total team effort.”
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