Tigers finish the season strong
The Caruthersville Tigers finish the regular season on a high note winning their last game of the regular season and senior night against Twin Rivers. Seniors Taylor Moses, David Cook and Logan Medlin each played in their final home game of the season. Moses was the opening pitcher and had two outs in the first inning when Twin Rivers tried to ruin the start for Moses by hitting a base hit. The next batter tried to move the runner forward, but the Tiger defense caught the fly ball ending the early hopes of the Twin River Royals. Twin Rivers played very defensive, keeping the Tigers from capitalizing on their base hits and the score remained knotted at 0-0 throughout the first two innings.
The middle of the third inning saw the defenses crack on the Twin Rivers side. The Tigers managed to load the bases. A base hit and a wild pitch allows the Tigers to break the 0-0 tie and the inning ends with a Tiger 2-0 lead. Twin City tries again to rally, but strand runners on base while the Tigers add runs through consistent hitting and competent bases stealing.
Moses continued pitching until the sixth inning. The Tigers had the lead 7-0 under the leadership of the pitching senior. Blake Irons takes the pitching mound and before he settles in, Twin Rivers try to unsettle him getting a few hits and stealing bases. Before Irons gets his rhythm, Twin Rivers has 2 runs and has set their eye on upsetting the Tigers late in the game. As if to say, ‘we are not afraid’, junior Bryce Strawn hits a solo home run in the bottom of the inning. Twin Rivers decides at this point to send in their pitching reliever. The Tigers try to keep the inning alive by getting 3 more on, but left them stranded at the end of 6. The top the 7th and final inning sees the Tigers changing pitchers one more time. Sophomore Christian Dudley strikes out 2o f the last 3 batters, sealing the Tiger win. Caruthersville takes the game with a final score of 7-2.
After the game, Tiger head coach Jonathan Haddon said of his team, “I feel pretty good about where we are as a team right now. We have been pretty consistent all year pitching, and have recently started playing a lot better defensively.” When asked about his feelings heading into district play, Haddon stated, “We got a pretty tough draw in our district tournament and have to go through some really good teams to make it out of our district. If we are able to start hitting the baseball more consistent, I definitely like our chances.” Speaking about how he feels about his team next year, “We have a lot of good players coming back next year from this year’s team. We only have 3 seniors, so anytime you're able to bring back that much from a team, you feel pretty confident about the future.”