FT. MADISON — New London and Ft. Madison were all tied up at five runs apiece entering the final two innings in Tuesday night’s non-conference showdown but a huge sixth inning boosted the Tigers to an 11-7 win.
The first two Tigers to bat eventually came around to score. Darius Whaley scored on a passed ball and Jaxon Allen came in when Kooper Schulte was hit by the pitch with the bases loaded. New London left three on in the top of the first, but still led 2-0 early.
The Tigers added one run in the third inning when Carter Allen launched a solo home run on the second pitch of the third inning. Ft. Madison rallied with three of their own to tie the game at 3-3.
Shae Summerfield knocked home two runners with a double in the fourth inning to put the Tigers up 5-3. The Bloodhounds responded with two of their own in the bottom of the fourth and the game was knotted up at 5-5.
New London batted around in the sixth inning. Ryan Richey hit a go-ahead RBI-double, Jax Boyer hit an RBI triple. Schulte had an RBI double. Seth Bailey had an RBI single, and Whaley hit a two-run double to stretch the lead to 11-5.
Ft. Madison struck back with a two-run bottom of the sixth, but they could never get the lead.
Schulte finished the game 2-2 with a double and two RBIs. Summerfield went 2-5 with a double and two RBIs, and Whaley was 1-3 with a double and two RBIs of his own.
Allen ended the game 2-4 with a homer and an RBI. Boyer went 2-5 with a triple and an RBI. Richey went 2-5 with a double and RBI, and Bailey was 1-4.
Seth Bailey started the game and gave up three earned runs on four hits and one walk over two and two-thirds innings. He struck out three batters. Whaley got the win in the relief, giving up four runs (two earned) on three hits and one walk, while striking out five. Jaxon Allen came in to close out the final inninng, giving up no hits and no walks.
New London is now 8-10 overall and has won their last four games. The Tigers will have a big test tonight (Tuesday) when they travel to Highland for an SEISC crossover game.