Tigers seize lead in seventh for win over Division I Gahanna

Circleville scored twice in the seventh on Friday on its way to a 5-3 non-league win over host Gahanna.


Logan Smith singled to right to start the decisive final inning for the Tigers and advanced to second when Austin Gray reached on an error that allowed Smith to advance all the way to third base.


Tate DeBord then hit an RBI ground out to short that knocked in Smith and gave the Tigers their first lead of the night at 4-3. Matt Bradley followed with a single to center that chased home Gray.


Reliever JD Reuter allowed a single in the bottom of the seventh but struck out Julian Alanis swinging to end the game.


Gahanna (11-13), which defeated Teays Valley 9-2 on Wednesday to qualify for the Division I district tournament, led for most of the game.


The Lions took a 1-0 lead in the first, but the Tigers eventually countered with a run in the third to tie the game.


Wyatt Thatcher reached on an infield single and advanced to second on a walk issued to Nick Burns. Angelo Travis reached on an error by the pitcher that allowed Thatcher to score from third to tie the game.


Gahanna answered right back with two runs in its half of the third to take a 3-1 lead.


The Tigers cut their deficit in half during the fifth when Scott Moats led off the inning with a double to right, advanced to third on a fly out to center by Thatcher and scored on an RBI ground out to short off the bat of Burns.


Circleville tied the game an inning later.


Gray led off the frame with a single to left and advanced to second one out later on a bunt single off the bat of Bradley. Following a West ground out that moved Gray to third and Moats being hit by a pitch, Thatcher reached on an error that allowed Gray to score.


Gray went 3-for-4, including a double, and scored twice and Moats was 2-for-3 and also scored. Bradley pitched in a 2-for-3 performance and drove in a run.


With both teams awaiting district competition next week, it was a good opportunity to keep their pitching depth fresh.


Moats tossed the first two innings and yielded two hits, an earned run, walked two and struck out two. Smith tossed the next three and one-third innings and allowed five hits, a pair of earned runs, walked a batter and struck out for. Reuter nailed down the final five outs to earn the win, allowing a hit and striking out two.


The Tigers (16-11) resume tournament play on Monday when they travel to Ohio University and face former South Central Ohio League rival Washington Court House (16-5). First pitch is slated for 5 p.m.

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