The Tigers after falling 6-5 to South Pontotoc Tuesday night, fell out of the playoff picture. "This one hurt pretty bad," head coach Patrick Nutt said. "These players played their butts off and they did everything I asked them to do. This one hurts."
The Tigers are currently at 14-7 on the season, but a sweep by the Cougars put the Tigers at 4-4 in the district with Louisville likely taking the championship, Nettleton at second place and South Pontotoc in the third and final position.
The Tigers jumped out first with two runs, but a six run bottom of the fourth proved to be the deciding runs. The Tigers came back with three runs in the top of the sixth but could not muster more.
In his first season, Nutt said he would have loved to make the playoffs and many of the players had their sights set on the postseason as well.
"Anytime you win 14 ball games, with the talent we have you expect to go farther," Nutt said. "A week ago we were 13-3 and tied for first in the district."
In the first matchup, a Thursday night game with South Pontotoc, the Tigers' Hunter Acy led the tigers offensively. Acy went 3 for 4 and had 4 RBI s. Marlo Hill had 2 hits with 1 RBI. Stefan Gant had 1 hit and an RBI. Other tigers with hits were Andrew Wilson, Zack Carter, Josh Carpenter, Ryan Parkerson, and Larry Sims. Zack Carter pitched a complete game. He gave up 8 runs on 8 hits and struck out 5.
On Good Friday, the Tigers got a 3-2 win over Louisville and were led by Wilson, who went 3 for 4 at the plate. Carter had one hit and 2 RBI and Carpenter struck out 10 batters, and had one hit at the plate. Larry Sims, Hill and Parkerson all had hits in the Louisville game.