It’s been a long season for the Graceville Tigers and some tough blowouts and tougher close games. Friday night, all the pieces came together and Graceville walked away with a team of happy players after an 18-3 win. Neal Adams got the starting nod on the mound and went five innings, gave up three runs, two of those earned on four hits, two walks while fanning nine batters. Luke Blackmon came on in relief for the final inning, gave up no runs on no hits, no walks and struck out one batter.
After putting up a zero in the first inning with a leadoff double by Neal Adams being the only base runner, they exploded for six runs in the second inning. Josh Wesley led things off with a single, stole second and took third when Bradley Mason reached safely on a fielder’s choice. With one out, Ethan Osborn singled to score Wesley. Neal Adams opted to join the single parade and singled to right field to score Mason. Jaret Cassady, Luke Blackmon and Nick Deon all singled to finish out the scoring. Bradley Mason walked in his second at bat of the inning. One run scored in the bottom of the frame for Altha.
A one-out walk to Neal Adams was Graceville’s only base runner in the third inning with Altha putting up a goose egg. A leadoff double by Nick Deon was the only offense for the Tigers with Altha countering with a run in the bottom of the fourth.
Graceville’s offense got back on track for five runs in the fifth inning. Ethan Osborn led off with a walk and moved to second on a single by Charlie Nichols. Neal Adams added another double to his stats on the day that scored Osborn and moved Nichols to third. Jaret Cassady sent a fly ball to centerfield to score Nichols before Luke Blackmon singled followed by Nick Deon taking one for the team. Josh Wesley singled to load the bases for Bradley Mason to pick up a painful RBI when he took one for the team. A fielder’s choice by Jackson Jernigan scored Deon but got Wesley heading to third. Bradley Mason was the second batter to take one for the team but a strikeout brought the inning to a close. Altha added one run in the bottom of the fifth.
Graceville posted seven runs in the sixth inning starting with a walk to Charlie Nichols. Nichols stole second and scored on a single by Neal Adams with Adams moving to third on a Jaret Cassady single. Luke Blackmon drew a walk, followed by Nick Deon picking up an RBI single. Josh Wesley took one for the team to load the bases for a fielder’s choice with everyone reaching safely and Blackmon scoring on the play. Jackson Jernigan stood tough and took one for the team with Charlie Nichols picking up an RBI on a fielder’s choice. Neal Adams drew a walk before back-to-back flyouts ended the inning. Altha came up empty on the scoreboard in the bottom of the sixth to end the game and give Graceville the win.