By Brian Pettis
The Smith-Cotton Tigers defeated the Jefferson City Jays 7-6 in seven innings of varsity baseball action at Dey Field Monday Night.
Dalton Christian pitched five-and-a-half innings, giving up three runs and five hits for the win.
Jefferson City started off the 3rd inning with an RBI, which saw Hayden Stroebel put the Jays on the board.
Smith-Cotton went scoreless that inning, with two base hits by Spencer Ruckman and Cody Kozak keeping their momentum going.
After both teams made quick work of each other in the fifth, S-C started the sixth with a quick double play by Christian to shut down Jeff City early.
S-C would then go on to score five times in the sixth inning, with Chance McMullin bringing in Dakota Brown with an RBI single and Dalton Christian walking to get McMullin a run.
Spencer Ruckman had a big single that saw both Steven Bradbury and Ian Dotson picking up runs.
At the end of the inning, Jeff City walked Austin Hoffman to bring Luke Archibeque home.
The seventh saw Jeff City attempt an impressive comeback, with Trevor Rucker scoring off of a single by Corey Beard, while Alex Johnson and Dylan Brauner also scored.
In the end it wasn’t enough though, as S-C’s pitching put an end to the rally in the first half of the seventh, bringing home the win.
Errors played a role in both teams efforts, with Jeff City giving up three to S-C’s two, one of which turned a single into a double for S-C’s Adam Grunden in the sixth inning.
The Tiger team’s quartet of 18-year-old seniors — Austin Hoffman (9), Dalton Christian (26), Ian Dotson (27), and Masson McCown (13) — were recognized at the conclusion of the varsity game. Photos by Randy Kirby, Sedalia News Journal.