LMS Tigers win, remain undefeated
The Lewisburg Middle School Tigers looked to keep its early season hot streak going on Tuesday night against E.A. Cox Middle School after picking up wins number four and five on Friday and Monday.
Behind the great pitching of Matthew McCormick and some timely hitting at the top of the lineup the Tigers were able to keep the complete turnaround from last season going by keeping its 2016 record unblemished at 6-0.
"This is the first time we've came out and played a complete game," LMS coach Beau Hardison said. "Our pitching was solid, I think he struck out 11 or 12 kids. We played a game yesterday (Monday) and Friday and we had to use three pitchers yesterday, so we needed someone to come in and throw at least four to five innings and (McCormick) ended up going six. So pitching was the key to the game for sure and we hit the ball good as well."
McCormick pitched six nearly flawless innings, giving up just two hits, no walks and striking out 14 batters.
The Tiger offense gave McCormick plenty of breathing room by scoring nine runs behind 10 hits, but still left room to improve after leaving eight runners stranded on the base paths.
"We've talked all year about our base running needing improvement," Hardison stated. "It wasn't great tonight either, it was better, but we still left guys on base. Even though we left eight guys on base we did a good job getting guys in when they did get on base. So just keep working is all that I can tell them."
The Tiger offense got on the board early in the game as Thomas Beardsley singled in a run to give the home team an early 1-0 edge.
The Tiger offense came alive in the second inning, scoring four runs highlighted by a Zach Graves single and with bases loaded, McCormick was hit by a pitch to score another.
Beardsley continued to swing a hot bat, driving home two more runs for his second and third RBIs of the contest on a single to center for the 6-0 edge heading into the top of the third inning.
McCormick would not allow another hit following the second inning and allowed just one runner on base with a walk in the fifth inning to neutralize any E.A. Cox comeback threat.
LMS padded the winning score in the sixth with another Beardsley RBI single to left field and pinch hitter Matthew Goodman singled to center to drive home two additional runs for the 9-0 win.
After winning just one contest the previous season first year head coach Hardison along with assistant coach and father Wayne 'Babe' Hardison have led the Tigers to a renaissance of sorts, compiling six wins in six tries early in the season and the young team is eager to put last year's dismal record to rest.
"It's pretty easy for these guys to keep playing hard because they won one game last year," the younger Hardison said. "Our motto is 'Never be satisfied' but it's not hard for those guys to get up for a game with the record we had last year."
EA Cox 0 0 0 0 0 0-
LMS 1 5 0 0 0 3-9