The Hopkinsville Tigers Varsity team delivered a thrilling performance on Tuesday, clinching a 7-5 victory against the West Creek Coyotes. It was a closely contested game, with fans on their seats until the final out.
Despite an impressive pitching performance from Andrew Mayes, who took the mound for the Hopkinsville Tigers and allowed only two hits and two runs while striking out two batters in four innings, the Tigers’ offense started slow. However, they rallied in the fifth inning, scoring three runs with a crucial RBI by Gavin Mitchell. The Coyotes managed to keep pace with the Tigers, though, and tied the game at five in the top of the sixth inning.
However, Coach David Weber’s Fighting Tigers’ resiliency shone through, and they quickly regained the lead in the bottom of the inning thanks to a clutch walk by Dylan Sweeney, which scored a run. From there, the Tigers’ bullpen, led by JJ Thompson, held off the Coyotes’ offense to secure the win.
Sweeney’s heroics weren’t limited to the plate, as he also pitched two innings, allowing three runs on three hits while striking out one and walking one. Thompson’s relief appearance was equally impressive, striking out all three batters he faced, bringing his season total to 40 strikeouts.
On the Coyotes’ side, Braden Canaan pitched well, striking out five batters over four and two-thirds innings. However, he could not contain the Tigers’ potent offense, allowing five runs on three hits.
Zach Moss was the standout player for the Tigers, going 2-for-3 at the plate with a triple, a double, and two RBIs.
It was an impressive victory for the Hopkinsville Tigers, showcasing their depth and resilience as a team. Fans will be eager to see what the rest of the season holds for this talented squad.