• Tigers down Bulldogs on Senior Day

    May 20, 2011 No comments

    Isaac Sampen connected for two home runs, David Oliger smashed a solo shot and Tyler Owensby was robbed in his own bid but it wasn’t enough to overcome five errors as the Brownsburg Bulldogs fell to the Fishers Tigers after a valiant comeback effort on senior day at Rose Park by the score of 10-8.

    The Tigers plated three unearned runs in the first inning off of Bulldogs starter Mack Runyon as Koby Orris reached on a throwing error to begin the game. Drew Clark drew a walk and Matt Woolwine reached on an error as well to load the bases with nobody out.  After Runyon induced Fishers cleanup hitter J.P. Pena into an infield-fly rule popup, Tigers catcher Chris Patrick smacked a bases clearing double down the right field line as the Tigers led 3-0 after a half inning of play.

    The Bulldogs would begin to claw their way back as designated hitter Sam Sampen smacked an RBI single in the first inning and Jeremy Jones followed with an RBI single in the second as Brownsburg trimmed the deficit to 3-2.

    Fishers would open up a 7-2 lead after plating four runs in the top of the fourth inning with RBI singles from Clark, Woolwine and Pena with Koby Orris scoring on a Runyon wild pitch. Bulldog center Jones cut down designated hitter Jon Cordell with a fine throw to the plate to help limit the damage to four runs.

    Down by five, Brownsburg once again began chipping away at the Tigers lead as Oliger blasted a Griffin Hulecki fastball deep over the left field wall to make it a 7-3 game after four innings.

    Owensby led off the fifth with a blast to left field but was robbed of a home run as Woolwine leapt and brought Owenby’s ball back over the fence. Isaac Sampen followed with a blast to center that would clear the park and the Bulldogs trailed 7-4 after five innings.

    Fishers would lengthen the lead back to four in the top of the sixth as Clark scored on a Pena sacrifice fly to right.

    The Bulldogs came to bat in the bottom of the sixth showing some of the magic that won them the previous game at Zionsville as Brownsburg scored four runs to tie the game and scored all four runs with two outs in the inning. After Tigers starter Hulecki retired the first two batters of the inning on back to back fly outs to left, Ted Kackowski legged out an infield single and John Moore reached on a throwing error to give the Bulldogs a pair of base runners.  Owensby came up and blasted a two run double down the right field line to make it an 8-6 game. Garret Isch was then inserted as a pinch runner for Owensby and with Isch at second, Isaac Sampen blasted his second home run of the game to deep right field off of Tigers reliever Pena and the Bulldogs tied the game at 8-8 entering the top of the seventh. For Sampen, the two home runs on the day were his team leading tenth and eleventh of the season while increasing his team lead in RBI’s to 24.

    The Tigers came right back however in the top of the seventh as the first two Fishers batters reached against Brownsburg reliever Levi Slawta. Ant Roach led off with a single to right and Jon Cordell reached in an attempt to sacrifice Roach to second but Slawta had initial difficulty fielding the ball and his throw to first sailed over Bobby Carr’s head and down the right field line for the fifth Brownsburg error of the game and put Tigers at second and third with nobody out. Pinch hitter Clay Small stepped up to the plate and smacked a two run single in to the gap in right and the Tigers led 10-8 going in to the bottom of the seventh.

    Brownsburg’s Carr led off the home half of the seventh with a walk and was pinch ran for by Tyler Whetstone. Pena induced Oliger in to an infield popup and Tyler Hampton stepped up and missed a game tying homer to left by a few feet as Woolwine pulled it in at the warning track. With Jones at the plate, Whetstone was caught stealing to end the game.

    The Bulldogs fall to 17-7 on the season and 12-5 in the Hoosier Crossroads Conference. Fishers’ record now stands at 15-12 at 9-8 in the HCC. Both teams will wrap up their regular seasons this afternoon in a rematch at Fishers high school in a game you can hear right here on 1610 AM XRB and XRBradio.com. The pregame show will be at 5:25 with the first pitch of the season finale set for 5:30.

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