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Tigers take top spot in 8-AA baseball
DeKalb defeats Livingston in last-minute nail-biter
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DESTRY WIGGINS - photo by Photo by Reed Vanderpool
The DeKalb County Tigers baseball team overcame a 5-1 deficit with two outs in the bottom of the seventh and last inning of the district championship game against the Livingston Academy Wildcats in Smithville Wednesday night to clinch the District 8-AA title by a score of 6-5.The district championship win earned DeKalb the right to face Chattanooga Christian on May 16 at 6 p.m. in Smithville for the first round of regional competition.In the Wednesday night game, the Tigers allowed the Wildcats to score one run in the third inning, one run in the fourth, one run in the sixth, and two in the seventh, while DeKalb only answered with one run in the third inning, and found themselves in a tight spot with two out in the last inning of the game.The Tigers had loaded the bases through a series of hits and errors when Game winning pitcher Shane Salley drooped a double to right field which, accompanied by a series of errors, cleared the bases and took Salley to third, tying the game.Salley then dashed home when the Livingston third baseman was overthrown in a pick-off attempt, capping a five-run seventh inning and sealing the win.Salley went seven innings and faced 33 batters.He gave up five runs, three of them earned, and six hits. He struck out nine, walked three, and hit a batter.Defensively, Salley hit a double and batted in three runs.Tyler Kent and Cody Puckett a hit singles in the game, and Evan Curtis and Destry Wiggins each had an RBI.In tournament action previous to the championship game, DeKalb put Livingston Academy into the losers bracket Monday night with a 9-4 win over the Wildcats in Smithville.The win sent the Tigers to meet the Upperman Bees in the next round on Tuesday night in Smithville.The Bees advanced after beating Smith County 5-3 Monday afternoon.DeKalb put six runs on the board in the second inning in the Monday night game, four of them brought in by a Matt Giles grand-slam homerun.The Wilcats replied with four runs in the top of the fifth, cutting the DeKalb lead to 6-4.DeKalb County scored two more runs in the bottom of the fifth to stretch the lead to 8-4, then added a another in the bottom of the sixth to claim a 9-4 victory over the wildcats.Offensively,DeKalb scored nine runs on seven hits and made one error.Livingston Academy scored four runs on four hits and made four errors.Destry Wiggins went seven innings on the mound for DeKalb, giving up four earned runs on four hits, striking out eight, walking two, and hitting a batter.Matt Giles hit the aforementioned grand slam homerun to cap the DeKalb defensive effort, bringing in four RBIs in the process.Evan Curtis hit a double for the Tigers, Shane Salley slapped two singles and batted in a run, Tyler Kent and Tyler Caldwell each had a single and an RBI, and Andrew Atnip hit a double.Then, on Tuesday night, the Tigers sent the Bees to the losers bracket with a 6-1 rout.DeKalb scored two runs in the third inning, three runs in the fourth, and one run in the fifth inning.The Bees scored one run in the first inning.Winning pitcher Cody Puckett went seven innings on the mound, facing twenty seven batters.He gave up one earned run on one hit. He struck out ten, walked two, and hit a batter.Destry Wiggins hit a double, two singles, and batted in three runs.