Remember the show Saturday Night Live and the hysterical spiel by Rosanna Rosanna Dana? She always closed her routine with the line, “It just goes to show you Jane, if it ain’t one thing, it’s another.”
Well, that seems to be the case with the Smith-Cotton baseball Tigers. One game, they might get a good pitching performance but no hitting and no defense. The next game, they might hit the ball all over the lot but not get any pitching or defense.
Friday afternoon, the Tigers got only two hits, made three errors and wasted a decent pitching performance by reliever Austin Bullerd in a 4-0 loss to the Ozark Tigers at Dey Field at Liberty Park Stadium.
Bullerd, the submarine-style, right-handed senior hurler allowed no runs and two hits in four scoreless innings in relief of Tiger starter Ian Dotson.
Ozark senior pitcher Logan Kelin tossed a complete game, two-hitter. He took a no-hitter to the fourth before giving up a double to Dotson. In the sixth, Dotson singled for S-C’s second and last hit of the game.
Ozark, 12-5, loaded the bases in the first on two hit batsmen and a walk but failed to score when Levi Barnes popped up to third with the sacks loaded.
A hit batsman, a walk, an error, a wild pitch and a two-run single by Sawyer Alderson gave Ozark a 3-0 lead after 1 ½ innings.
A walk, an error and a double by Alderson made it 4-0 Ozark after 2 ½ innings and closed out Dotson’s stint on the mound.
The Tiger senior allowed four runs (one earned), three walks, three hit batsmen, and struck out one.
Bullerd came on in relief and shut the door on the visiting Tigers.
S-C scheduled a makeup doubleheader against Rock Bridge Sunday at Dey Field at Liberty Park Stadium at 2 p.m. Photos by Randy Kirby, Sedalia News Journal.