2018-02-15 / Sports

Tigers open season with tough loss to Elbert Co.

WES TANNER HURLS THE BALL HOMEWARD. The senior recorded five strikeouts in three innings Monday. 
Photo by MERCER HARRIS WES TANNER HURLS THE BALL HOMEWARD. The senior recorded five strikeouts in three innings Monday. Photo by MERCER HARRIS The Washington-Wilkes Tiger baseball season saw its first pitch of the 2018 season on Monday at Elbert County but suffered a disappointing 10-0 loss at the hands of the Blue Devils.

The Tiger offense was not able to get much going at the plate striking out 10 times. Curt Gammon was the only player that recorded a hit in the contest with a line drive to right field. Christian Wade had two good at bats that resulted in walks and reached third base after Gammon’s single to right.

However, the Tigers were unable to score the run with two outs.

Wes Tanner got the start on the mound pitching three innings giving up five runs, only two of which were earned. He also recorded five strikeouts.

Gammon came in after Tanner to provide a strikeout in the fourth inning and Matt Shedd followed up for the remaining two outs on the hill.

The resultant loss starts the Tiger’s season off 0-1, but they had the opportunity to get their first win of the season on Tuesday, February 13, against Jefferson County. (Results were incomplete as of press time for this edition.)

The Tigers will host their first home game this Saturday, February 17, in a doubleheader against Tallulah Falls whose head coach is Mark Wilcox, former Tiger head coach. Wilcox coached Washington-Wilkes in 1989 when the Tigers won their first and only state championship in baseball.

“I thought the players did not play as well as they have practiced leading up to our opening game,” Head Coach Drew Wilson said of the Elbert County game. “We made mistakes that were uncharacteristic of what I have seen in our inter-squad scrimmages as well as during situations at practice. I expect the team to improve on their performance and get this season rolling in the right direction starting Tuesday against Jefferson County.

“We have to be able to take each game and learn from situations and mistakes to improve each time we step on the field. There were a lot of lessons to be learned tonight against Elbert, and I have no doubt that our boys will turn this thing around and get rolling soon,” Wilson continued. “Mistakes are unavoidable early in the year, but we have to find a way to get re-focused and overcome adversity during the course of a game if we want to have a successful season.”

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