Thursday’s baseball game between Crothersville and West Washington was very competitive through three innings, with the Senators holding a 4-2 lead.
That all changed in the fourth inning when the Senators scored five runs on seven hits, then added seven runs on five hits in the fifth to go home with a 16-2 win.
Tigers Coach Jared Richey said he was encouraged after three innings.
“We worked on communication and execution a lot in practice, and it showed there for a little bit, and then we kind of went back to our old ways,” he said.
The Senators (2-3) used a hit batsman and two walks to load the bases in the top of the first, then had a sacrifice fly and wild pitch to score two runs.
The Tigers matched those runs in the bottom of the inning when Jessie Fink was safe on a fielder’s choice and scored on a double by Trevor Peters.
After Jacob James walked, Logan Brewer blasted another double to center field to drive in Peters, but James was thrown out trying to stretch his hit into a triple.
“We started hitting, we started rolling, we started playing and then they got down on themselves and just went down the same path,” Richey said.
The Senators had two hits and a walk to score twice in the third, then sent 10 batters to the plate in the fourth to take a 9-2 lead.
Braydon Brown had a two-run single in the fifth when the Senators collected five hits.
The only other hit the Tigers came up with after the first inning was a single by Peters in the third inning.
Senator right-hander Easton Bishop struck out six and walked two.
Richey said his team needs to show more patience at the plate.
“They started losing patience, they got frustrated and just weren’t playing their game,” he said. “We’ll go back to square one and see some reps.”
The Tigers (0-4) will travel to Springs Valley on Saturday for a doubleheader beginning at 11 a.m.