Mistakes cost S-C Tigers

April 12, 2013

in Sports

The Smith-Cotton Tigers played give-away during a 7-3 West Central Conference loss to the O’Hara Celtics Friday at Dey Field at Liberty Park Stadium.

S-C, 6-8 overall and 2-3 in the West Central, committed seven errors and gave up six unearned runs in the loss.

“We’ve been in five games this season that we feel we should have won,” said S-C Coach Jeff Mays. “It seems like we always have one big inning where we give up a whole bunch of errors and that is killing us.”

Going into the 2013 season, Mays forecast that the Tigers would be vastly improved on defense from the 2012 team that averaged six errors a game.

“I went back and looked at our statistics from last year,” said Mays. “Right now, we have a lot less errors than at the same point last year. It is just that one inning where we make a whole bunch that is killing us. If we could spread them out. We as a coaching staff feel we should have four more wins.”

O’Hara scored an unearned run off S-C starter Taylor Schubert in the top of the first. In 6 2/3 innings, Schubert allowed seven runs, (six unearned), seven hits, struck out four and walked one and was saddled with the loss.

The Celtics added three more unearned runs in the third to retake the lead 4-3. The roof fell in on the Tigers in the Celtic sixth.

The green-clad Celtics scored four unearned runs in the sixth on four S-C errors – all four errors committed by shortstop Dakota Brown – to take a 7-3 lead.

S-C never recovered and had only three hits.

Cole Simoncic had a single and two RBIs for the Tigers. Chance McMullin had a single and an RBI and Ian Dotson had a single.

Austin Bullerd pitched 2/3 of an inning in relief for the Tigers He struck out one and walked none.

S-C hosted undefeated and state-ranked Rock Bridge Tuesday and will travel to Warrensburg for a West Central Conference game Monday.

Last Thursday’s game at Lee’s Summit was postponed and will be made up at a date to be determined. Photos by Randy Kirby, Sedalia News Journal.

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