DHS left stranded in Thomasville

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, March 17, 2004

THOMASVILLE – The 10-2 Demopolis High Tigers left a total of seven runners stranded on base in their last three innings of play Monday night to fall 7-6 to the Thomasville Tigers.

DHS head coach James Moody saw his hard hitting Tigers swing the sticks as good as he has seen all season, but when the game was on the line the Tigers couldn’t put bat-to-ball and get the job done.

“We swung the bats as hard and as good as I’ve seen this team do all season,” Moody said. “But when it came time to go for the kill and get that one hit that would have put them away, we came up short.”

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All together the Tigers collected 11 hits Monday night with G. W. Washington leading the way going 3-for-4 with two RBI’s and three singles, Chad Schroeder going 2-for-5 with one RBI and William Meador hitting 2-for-4 with a solo home run and an RBI single. Devin Goodwin, Bart Pettus, Seth Basinger and Blake Butler also contributed Monday night with one hit apiece.

The Tigers had more than a fare share of opportunities to put a hurting on the Tigers of Thomasville Monday night as they walked into the fifth, sixth and seventh innings with runners in scoring positions and walked out with nothing to show for it.

In the fifth inning the Tigers got off to a good start, putting runners on first and second with no outs. But went three up and three down with their next three batters without scoring a single run. In the sixth, the Tigers loaded the bases with one out and still came away with nothing. And in the seventh, the Tigers put runners on first and second with no outs and once again, not a single run was scored.

“I’ve talked about this before and it looks like I will have to continue to talk about until it happens, but we must posses a killer instinct about us at the plate,” Moody said.

“And right now, we don’t have that.”

But coach Moody saw more than just one reason why the Tigers lost their second game of the season Monday night.

“There were at least seven reasons why we lost that game,” Moody said.

Three of those reason came at the hands of unnecessary fielding errors, three from base running mistakes and the seventh reason came from the plate. But to their credit, Thomasville did not look like the same team they did a few weeks ago when they came to Demopolis.

“They (Thomasville) were looking really good out there,” Moody said. “They were hungry for us and they came out wanting to win.”

Goodwin dropped to 3-2 on the season with the loss, going 6 innings with 6K’s while giving up 5 earned runs on 8 hits with 3 walks.

The Tigers drop to 10-2 on the season and must now prepare for two weeks of long and extremely competitive baseball. The Tigers will double it up with Bryant High Wednesday night before their first region match-up with Greene County on Friday night, and then spend the better part of next week in Hoover for the Hoover Bucs Classic.