Craig Harris/Macon County Times Macon County High junior second baseman Cameron Mercer fields a fourth-inning ground ball as Tiger shortstop Logan Thompson looks on and as Red Boiling Springs junior Dalton Thompson runs to second base.

Craig Harris/Macon County Times

Macon County High junior second baseman Cameron Mercer fields a fourth-inning ground ball as Tiger shortstop Logan Thompson looks on and as Red Boiling Springs junior Dalton Thompson runs to second base.

Isaac Meador's father doesn't miss any of his games.

However, Derek Meador wasn't wearing Macon County High blue on Friday afternoon.

Instead, the elder Meador was wearing red and standing in the first-base coaching box for Red Boiling Springs.

Youth prevailed in the end though as Isaac Meador tossed a complete-game shutout, helping the Tigers to a 7-1 victory over the visiting Bulldogs.

"I zoned it out," Isaac Meador said. "I told him when I hit the field that it was like he was on the other team and I didn't know him."

Derek Meador is an assistant coach for RBS, but he typically only attends practices so that he can watch his son play for Macon County.

On Friday, he witnessed his son have his longest career outing on the mound.

Isaac Meador -- who is typically utilized in relief -- tossed a two-hitter, allowing an earned run. The right-hander issued four base on balls and struck out eight hitters.

"Stamina is a big part of it," Meador - who threw 86 pitches - said. "You still give it all you've got, but when you come in for two or three innings (in relief), you are pumping it. You have to use your body more (in longer outings)."

The Tigers scored in five of their six turns at-bat.

However, it was the closest game for the Bulldogs this season, who committed four errors (half as many as in the previous day's 13-2, five-inning loss to visiting Jackson County).

"We were pleased," RBS head coach ChrisDziekiewicz said. "We have to have this mentality against everybody."

Bulldog starting pitcher Matthew Murphy lasted 5 2/3 innings, scattering six hits.

"He did great," Dziekiewicz said. "He only threw about five fastballs. I was pleased."

Macon County senior Kade Allen singled to lead off the bottom of the first inning and scored on classmate Logan Thompson's single.

"In so many games, in the first inning, things fell apart," Dziekiewicz said. "It's harder to stay focused for anybody (in that situation), but we got out of that first inning. It gave them a little more to play for."

Tiger sophomore Hayden Blankenship singled to lead off the second inning, moved to third base when freshman Oakley Stinson doubled off the fence in left-centerfield and scored on senior Trent Cook's groundout.

Macon County junior Isaac Belton tripled in the third inning to drive in junior Cameron Mercer, and Belton scored on Thompson's groundout.

RBS scored its lone run in the top of the fourth.

Bulldog junior Dalton Thompson was hit by a pitch and scored on sophomore Keaton Comer's double.

Murphy had the only other RBS hit.

A pair of errors allowed Thompson to score in the bottom of the fifth, and the Tigers added two more runs in the sixth. Sophomore Ty Lowhorn drew a bases-loaded walk to force in Stinson, and junior Tanner Gann singled to drive in freshman Landon Colter with the game's final run.

The Tigers finished with seven hits, with Blankenship providing two of those.

Macon County played in front of a large portion of its student body with the early-afternoon start.

"With everybody here, you get the adrenaline rush," Meador said. "It's a little different, because you know what they are and you know what we are. You're not as focused as if you are playing (Upperman senior and University of Tennessee signee Will) Mabrey."