Tigers' bats silenced in loss to Pepperell
A pair of Pepperell pitchers — Mason Fincher and Hunter Henderson — combined Saturday morning to toss a no-hitter at Adairsville as the Dragons won the seventh place game of the 2020 Battle for Bartow Baseball Classic at LakePoint in Emerson. Fincher struck out nine and only walked one in the first six frames. Henderson fanned two and faced only three batters in a spotless seventh inning. Pepperell scored the game’s first two runs in the bottom of the third inning and tacked on five more in the fourth. The Dragons finished with five hits and also took advantage of eight walks.
Tigers’ starter Jacob Ray (3 IP, 5ER, 3H, 5BB, 3K) suffered the pitching loss for Adairsville. Eli Agnew (1 IP, 2ER, 1H, 1BB), Braden Powell (1 IP, 0R, 1H), and Elijah Padgett (1 IP, 0R, 2BB, 1K) all worked from the mound in relief. Ray was selected to the Battle for Bartow All-Tournament Team. He had three hits, scored a run, and drove in one at the plate across the three-game tournament. He also worked a total of four innings on the mound recording five strikeouts.
Pepperell, who went 1-2 in the Dragons' three games in the tournament, improved to 6-3 on the year with their win.
Adairsville (2-5) finished 0-3 in the tournament and will now look to bounce back when the Tigers host LaFayette in a non-region contest Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. They also travel to Armuchee Friday for a 4 p.m. first pitch.