Shared from the 3/1/2019 Malakoff Monitor eEdition

Tigers go 1-3 at Rains varsity tournament

Malakoff picks up one win in tournament play

EMORY–The Malakoff Tigers varsity baseball team didn’t start the season the way they wanted as they went 1-3 Feb. 21-23 at the Rains varsity tournament.

The Tigers began their tournament with a game Thursday morning against Canton.

The Tigers’ offense got started early as they plated two runs in the top of the first inning to take a 2-0 lead.

Canton’s offense didn’t disappoint as they answered with fi ve runs in the bottom of the first inning to take the lead 5-2.

The Tigers’ offense struggled the rest of the way as they surrendered seven runs in the bottom of the third inning on their way to a 12-2 loss.

The Tigers ended the first game with two runs on no hits and three errors.

Canton plated 12 runs on eight hits and no errors.

The Tigers took on Redwater in their second game on Thursday morning.

Redwater got on the board first with a single run in the bottom of the first inning.

Both teams were held scoreless for the next three innings as the Tigers trailed 1-0 entering the top of the fifth inning.

The Tigers’ offense then came alive with fi ve runs in the top half of the inning to take a 5-1 lead.

Malakoff held Red-water scoreless the rest of the way as the Tigers picked up a 5-1 victory in six innings.

Erik Waldo led the way offensively with two hits and two RBIs for the Tigers in the win over Redwater.

Jake Little added two hits for the Tigers while Nathan Jones and Wes Hustead added an RBI each in the win for Malakoff .

Brandon Nations picked up the win for Malakoff on the mound. Nations went five innings, allowing no runs with five strikeouts.

Cully McCoy shut down Redwater in the bottom of the sixth inning, picking up two strikeouts in relief.

The Tigers dropped a close contest Friday morning against North Lamar.

North Lamar got on the board first with a run in the bottom of the first inning.

The Tigers plated three runs in the top of the second inning to take a 3-1 lead.

North Lamar picked up four runs in the bottom of the second inning to jump back in front 5-3.

The Tigers added two runs in the top of the third inning as Malakoff tied the game 5-5.

North Lamar added one run in the bottom of the fourth inning as they topped Malakoff 6-5.

Darion Peace led the way offensively with two hits and two RBIs for Malakoff .

Orin Henry and Waldo added an RBI apiece for the Tigers in the loss to North Lamar.

Jones went 1.2 innings on the mound for Malakoff with four strikeouts against North Lamar. Peace added four strikeouts in relief for the Tigers.

Malakoff took on the host Rains in their final game of tournament play Feb. 23.

The Tigers plated two runs, one each in the third and fourth innings to take a 2-0 lead.

Rains’offense exploded for six runs in the bottom of the fourth inning as they jumped ahead of Malakoff 6-2.

The Tigers answered with three runs in the top of the fifth inning but couldn’t knot the game up as they fell to Rains 6-5 in five innings.

Colton Gaddis picked up three hits and two RBIs for the Tigers against Rains.

Waldo added two more RBIs for the Tigers in their final tournament game.

The Tigers begin the 2019 season 1-3 as they enter their second week of tournament play as they host a varsity tournament Feb. 28 through March 2.

The Tigers take on Garrison Feb. 28 at 11:30 a.m., followed by two games against Kerens and Mabank on March 1 at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.

After their three games, the teams will be seeded based on record to play in the championship bracket Saturday afternoon.

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