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Tigers score 12 runs in 6th to win by run rule
The Johnson High Atomsmashers appeared stunned after the Tigers came from behind in the 6th inning to win by the 10 point run rule Thursday night. - photo by By Patty Leon / Coastal Courier
The Bradwell Tigers’ bats lit up in the bottom of the 6th inning against the Johnson Atomsmashers Thursday night in a regional game at home.
Trailing 2-4 coming into the 6th, Tiger coach Rhett Hellgren said their break came when the Atomsmasher’s starting pitcher got tired and was switched out.
“Their number one pitcher got tired and the other one could not throw strikes so we started hitting the ball,” he said.
The Tigers won by the run rule at the bottom of the 6th 14-4.
DeAnte Day started on the mound for three innings before Alton Malpass took over. However, Malspass allowed a few walks and Hellgren brought in Kentrell Hargrove to finish.
“Kentrell did a heck of a job coming in as a relief, especially since he pitched on Tuesday,” Hellgren said. “He is a heck of a player. He’s gutsy, very cool-headed and he came in there and shut them down. I wish I had 20 kids like Kentrell. We would be all right.”
Hellgren still wants to see improvement on his defense as 3 of the Atomsmashers runs came off Tiger errors.
“Baseball is very simple,” he said. “You play defense, you pitch and you hit. Our pitching has got to get better. We are winding down our season and we need to have a more solid pitching squad.”
The Tigers had 17 hits and 3 errors. Their next opponent is a non-region game at McIntosh Academy on Monday. Tuesday night the Tigers are back at home against Windsor Forest for another regional challenge.
Currently the Tigers are 4-4 in 3-AAAAA.
“We are in fourth place and they take four (for playoffs) so our best opportunity is to keep winning,” he said. “We have Windsor Forest and then Beach but we’ve got to get the wins back against Jenkins and Groves.”
In the meantime the coach is giving his kids the weekend off for a mini-spring break before Monday’s game. But they were given some guidelines on how to spend their time off.
“I told them to sit at home and watch some baseball games,” he said. “They need to soak up the fundamentals. They need to know baseball better. They need to notice things like when to lead off, what to look for on certain counts and all the little things they lack right now.”
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