Macon County varsity baseball headed to Dekalb County Thursday night for a non district match up with the DeKalb Tigers. The Macon Tigers were sluggish and out of step as they spotted the Dekalb Tigers a nine run lead, off five hits, six walks, and two batters hit by pitches. The score after the second inning was 10 to 1 in favor of the Dekalb squad, and the only positive the MCHS Tigers took out of the first two innings was a solo home run from third baseman Andrew Kempf.
Macon County down but not out, found their pride and bats and began cutting into the Dekalb lead. Austin Taft beat out the throw to start the third inning and stole second, Austin Craighead singled and scored Taft. Ian Whittemore singled to put two men on base for the Tigers. Shane Hesson and Tyler Kemp both singled and drove in a run each, while Jacob Haley doubled bringing home both Hesson and Kemp. Freshmen Hunter Williams singled and Christopher Boone walked to load up the bases for the Macon Tigers.
Lead off hitter Austin Taft singled driving in one run and keeping the bases loaded for Austin Craighead who collected three more rbi’s with his second plate appearance of the inning double. Ian Whittemore singled his second hit of the inning and picked up a rbi giving his Tigers their first lead of the game 11 - 10. On defense, the Macon County Tigers gave up two more runs and the lead back to the DeKalb Tigers 12 to 11 at the end of three innings.
To start the fourth inning Macon County Tigers brought in pitcher Jacob McClard who settled the defense and held the DeKalb Tigers to just one run over the last four innings. Unfortunately the Dekalb Tigers brought in pitcher Devin Summers, who held Macon County to just one run their last four innings and picked up the 13 to 12 victory.