Crothersville baseball coach Jared Richey said the three pitchers he sent to the mound Tuesday afternoon lacked focus, and South Ripley batters took advantage.
The Raiders had 16 hits and received 14 walks and overpowered the Tigers 29-2 in five innings.
“Our pitchers didn’t show up today,” he said. “We went through too many pitchers. They couldn’t find the plate. It was an off day for our pitchers.”
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Ripley scored one run in the top of the first, then increased its lead to 5-0 in the second before scoring nine times in the top of the third.
The Tigers’ bats came to life in the bottom of the third as Carson Farmer opened the inning with a single.
Logan Brewer followed with a single, and Trevor Peters singled to drive in Farmer. Brewer tried to score on the play was tagged out at the plate. Jessie Fink followed with the Tigers’ fourth hit of the inning to score Peters.
Any momentum the Tigers had after three innings disappeared in the top of the fourth when the Raiders scored 13 runs.
The Tigers had several other chances to score as they accumulated 10 hits, with Fink and Logan Collins each getting two. Eight different players had hits.
Jacob James had a double for the Tigers’ only extra-base hit. Peters also was on base twice as he had a walk.
“Our batting averages are going in the right direction for sure,” Richey said. “We’re doing a lot of cage work, a lot of tee work, and its definitely showing. We’ve just got to get there defensively now to back up our offense.”
Richey said the Tigers need to stay focused in practice.
“We need to work on the basics and we need to stay intense. We’ve got to be mentally and physically there, the whole game, the whole practice.”
The Tigers (1-11) will travel to Shawe Memorial on Thursday.