7th-inning hit leads Tigers to win
Alex Rodriguez singled in Tom Hennessey with the winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning as the Mountain Home Tigers edged the Emmett Huskies 11-10 on a bitter cold day at Tiger Field Thursday.
A three-run second inning put Emmett up 4-2 and a five-run fourth made it 9-3, Huskies, but Mountain Home answered with six runs in the fifth to take a 10-9 lead.
Emmett tied the game at 10 with a run in the top of the seventh. But the Tigers, off to one of their best starts in years, were not to be denied.
Tom Hennessey singled to lead off the bottom of the seventh, stole second and came home on Alex Rodriquez's single to left field.
Tiger baseball coach Travis DeVore was pleased to come away with the win.
"It was one of those games where neither team was playing great, but both teams had a chance to win. A lot of credit goes to our kids to come back from a sizeable deficit. We really dug ourselves some holes there -- it definitely wasn't a pretty game on either side, but I'm proud of our guys, like Alex Rodriguez, who gets the game-winning hit, which is pretty huge for him, and David Bitrick is just crushing the ball for us right now, scoring a lot of runs.
"We're not anywhere near playing as well as we should be, but on a cold day during spring break, we'll take an ugly win."
David Bitrick and Brock Morris both had two hits for the Tigers. Bitrick had a two-run inside-the-park home run. Anthony Castillo, Tom Hennessey, Trevor Woodruff, Alex Rodriguez and Kevin Anderson also had hits, Hennessey, Rodriguez and Anderson had RBIs. Eric Christiansen also knocked in a run.
Rodriguez, the third of three pitchers, got the win to improve to 2-0.
Mountain Home's scheduled conference match-up at Emmett on Friday was postponed because of snow. The Tigers had a Monday non-conference game at Kuna and a non-conference game at Canyon Ridge in Twin Falls Tuesday. They travel to Bishop Kelly Thursday and host the Knights at home on Friday.