Tigers outlast Bears on diamond in 11 innings

There was no shortage of runs Wednesday between Fred T. Foard and Bunker Hill on the baseball diamond.

In spite of that offense, a wild pitch by the Bears’ Justin Aiken allowed Foard’s Jordan Fulbright to score, giving the Tigers an 11-10 win in Claremont.

“It was all heart,” said Foard coach Channon Vogel. “These guys just fight and never give up. In our first game this year against Shelby, we were down three runs with two outs in the seventh inning. We came back and won that game. I knew if we stayed in this game, we’d find a way to win.”

The Tigers (2-0) took a 10-8 lead in the top of the seventh inning behind RBIs from Justin Wike and Brandon Owensby.

The game was in the Tigers’ grasp, but the Bears (1-1) fought back in the bottom of the seventh.

Colton Chapman doubled to plate Justin Quick and later scored on a sacrifice from Jason Setzer to send the game into extra innings.

“We stayed in the game, kept fighting and played hard,” said Bears coach Marty Curtis. “I think that’s always a good sign for your team.”

Following the 20 runs and 22 hits put together in the first seven innings, both teams went cold late, but the 11th inning ended up being the decider.

Aiken loaded the bases up and with one wild pitch, the Tigers were victorious.

Vogel said beating Bunker Hill, who hadn’t lost a regular-season home game since 2009, is special.

“Bunker Hill has been solid for a lot of years,” Vogel said. “We were 0-6 against them the last three years. This is a big win for us to go to 2-0. We are a really young team, so this will help our confidence.”
Despite the loss, Curtis liked the chance to see his young team in action.

“I got to see a lot of the underclassmen perform in game situations,” Curtis said. “That is what these preseason non-conference games are for, as far as I’m concerned.”