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Yellow jackets sting Tigers, winning 15-5
Stephen Dill
Tiger pitcher Stephen Dill (white shirt) and thw Yellow Jackets catcher wait for the call at home in Friday’s game at Tiger Field. Dill was called out and the Tiger lost 15-5 in 6 innings. - photo by Phgoto by Patty Leon

It was a day full of baseball at the Bradwell Tigers’ field Friday as the junior varsity and varsity squads played a double-header against neighboring Wayne County. In the end, it was the Tigers feeling the sting as both squads lost. The varsity Tigers fell in six innings, 15-5, despite taking an early lead.

The Yellow Jackets scored first, sending the Tigers into the bottom of the 1st inning trailing 0-1.

Tiger DeAnte Day was in a position to tie the score and Tiger coach Rhett Hellgren sent him home on a play, but he got tagged.

The Tigers were able to load the bases and Josh Driggers was hit by a pitch, which brought in a runner. The next two Tiger batters struck out, and Ulrick John was facing two outs with Josh Rivers on third. He smacked the ball to bring in Rivers. Stephen Dill tried to take home on a slide but the referee said he was tagged out. The Tigers went into the 2nd inning leading 2-1.

Dill struck out the first two Yellow Jackets, but the next one hit a solo homer to left field to tie the game at 2.

In the bottom of the second, Day advanced Trivon Williams to home and Zach Hawkins hit a base hit, which allowed Day to advance to third. He then turned the corner and the after burners to take home and go up 4-2.

However, the Yellow Jackets were hot at the plate and with a runner on first, another Jacket hit one out of the park to tie the score. Another solid hit to mid-field was missed by Rivers, allowing another runner home. The next batter shot one out to right field and suddenly the Jackets were up 6-4.

A shot to third base was fielded and it appeared the Yellow Jacket runner was tagged out but the umpire called him safe and another Jacket was able to take home to go up 7-4.

Looking to rally, the Tiger started the bottom of the third but the Yellow Jacket pitcher took three batters down in a row.

The Tigers scored only one more run. The Yellow Jackets decided to put the game away and scored another 8 to close the game out in six innings, winning 15-5.

The Tigers host Beach High on Tuesday for a region game at 5p.m.

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