Boys Varsity Baseball · Varsity Baseball Tigers Drop Conference Game, but Rebound Against Mehlville

The Festus varsity baseball team had its five game winning streak stopped on Thursday, losing a conference game against Perryville, 4-0.  However, the Tigers came back with a strong performance on Friday to beat Mehlville, 7-3.

Against Perryville, Festus was able to manage just two hits against Pirate lefthander Devyn Terbrak.  The Tigers only had six baserunners, and got just one as far as third base.  Collin Mann (12) singled in the second inning, while Chase Cole (12) had a base hit in the third inning.  That was all the Tigers could muster.

Meanwhile, the host Pirates got single tallies in the second and third innings, and then added two insurance runs in the fourth.

Charlie Pratt (11) got the start and took the loss.  He went three innings allowing all four runs on six hits.  Zach Baisch (11) pitched three scoreless innings of relief.

On Friday, the Tigers fell behind 1-0 in the third inning, but finally got the bats going in the bottom of the inning.  Four consecutive hits to start the frame by Cole, Eddie Martin (11), Matt Rosen (12), and Jake Leitner (12) plated three runs.  Rosen had one RBI, and Leitner’s hit, a double, scored two runs.  Mann would later double to score the fourth run, and Festus would not be threatened again.

The Tigers got three more runs in the fourth to extend the lead to 7-1.  Mehlville would score two in the seventh for the final margin of victory.

Festus banged out 14 hits for the day led by C0le and Leitner with three each.  Caleb Hyde (11) and Martin had two hits each, while Baisch, Mann, Ryan Reando (11) and Rosen had one hit apiece.

Brennan Pryor (12) got the win on the hill, pitching four innings, allowing one run on two hits.  Reando closed the game, pitching three innings.

“Once again we fell behind early, but we found a way to re-group and make adjustments offensively,” said head coach Jeff Montgomery.  “Pryor got the start on the mound and threw well.  Reando had a good three innings in relief.  We had a balanced attack offensively with several guys getting in the mix and reaching base.  We were able to win five out of six on the week.” 
The Tigers, now 7-4, will have a busy week ahead.  Today, the team will host Ste. Genevieve at West City Park beginning at 4:30 p.m.  Then on Wednesday, the Tigers will face Seckman at GCS Stadium in Sauget, IL.  That game begins at 4 p.m.  The team will close out the week with a game against Affton on Thursday at West City.  First pitch is scheduled for  4:15 p.m.