Errors were a pain in the side of the Smith-Cotton Tigers last spring, as they averaged nearly six errors a game and finished 6-18 Monday night’s season opener against the Camdenton Lakers at Dey Field at Liberty Park Stadium was a different story.
The Tigers played errorless ball to beat the visiting Lakers 6-1. S-C defeated the Lakers for the second time in the last three years, and last spring’s game at Camdenton was rained out.
“We really played well tonight,” said S-C Head Coach Jeff Mays. “We didn’t make any errors. I’m really proud of them.”
S-C went up 1-0 on an RBI double by Dalton Christian in the bottom of the first. The Tigers plated three more runs in the third to go up 4-0. Camdenton scored its only run in the fourth.
The Tigers, who collected seven hits in the game, added single tallies in the fifth and sixth to open the season with a win.
Of S-C’s seven hits, three were for extra bases. Christian, Taylor Schuber and Dakota Brown each had a double. Brown’s two bagger drove in two runs. Christian and Schuber each had run-scoring doubles.
Christian started and pitched the first three innings for the Tigers to notch the win. He allowed one run, three hits, walked six and struck out five. Schuber pitched three innings of scoreless. one-hit relief and struck out four. Austin Bullerd pitched a scoreless seventh for S-C and walked one Laker hitter.
S-C opens West Central Conference play Friday at home against St. Pius X and will play in the Midwest Classic in St. Charles next week. Photos by Randy Kirby, Sedalia News Journal.