Craig Harris/Macon County Times Macon County High sophomore Isaac Meador runs to home plate with a first-inning run during the Tigers’ 3-0 victory over Livingston Academy.

Craig Harris/Macon County Times

Macon County High sophomore Isaac Meador runs to home plate with a first-inning run during the Tigers’ 3-0 victory over Livingston Academy.

Macon County High senior pitchers Logan Thompson and Trent Cook kept the visiting Livingston Academy bats quiet as the Tigers swept a doubleheader between the District 8-AA foes on April 9.

Thompson and Cook picked up complete-game victories, wins of 3-0 and 3-2.

"Our pitching has definitely been the strong point," Macon County head coach Jason Hudson said. "They've all pitched well. Thompson and Cook start our district games. (Sophomore Jordon) Steen coming in in relief has pitched well and saved a couple of games. (Junior Isaac) Belton has two losses and didn't deserve either of them.

"You couldn't ask for any better than what our pitching has been so far."

In the opener, Thompson retired the first 10 hitters he faced. The right-hander allowed just three hits, issued one base on balls and struck out five hitters.

Tiger sophomore Isaac Meador singled with two outs in the first inning and scored on Thompson's double to right-centerfield.

A pair of errors allowed Macon County senior Kade Allen to cross the plate in the third inning, and Belton's two-out single drove in junior Cameron Mercer with the game's final run.

Sophomore Hayden Blankenship had two of the Tigers' six hits in the opener.

Allen's seventh-inning double drove in Stinson with the game-winning run in game two.

Macon County was the visiting team on the scoreboard in the second game.

Blankenship led off the top of the seventh with a single, but he was forced out when Stinson grounded into a fielder's choice.

Junior Connor Trent reached on an error, and following an infield pop-up, Allen came through with a double to drive in Stinson.

Allen had two of his squad's eight hits.

Stinson hit his second home run of the season in the fifth inning, a solo blast over the fence in left-centerfield.

Trent doubled in the third inning and scored.

Cook retired the first 14 hitters he faced before issuing a walk to Nick Brown with two outs in the bottom of the fifth.

Three hits led to the Wildcats' two runs in the bottom of the sixth, tying the contest at 2.

Cook (4-0) allowed two earned runs and scattered five hits, walking one hitter while striking out four.

The Tigers improved to 5-1 in District 8-AA play with the win.

"They're huge (wins) when you look at the overall standings," Hudson said. "It puts us two games up on Livingston and a game up on Upperman, and we have the tiebreaker on Upperman.

"Our goal coming in was to host (the district tournament) again. We've put ourselves in a good spot."

However, five of Macon County's six district games have been determined by four runs or less.

"It's by far the most parity since we've been in this district," Hudson said. "Anybody can beat anybody. York (Institute) is 0-6, but they are the best 0-6 team this district has ever seen. They've probably lost six games by 15 or 18 runs total.

"The district is up for grabs. The district tournament will be crazy. It's going to come down to who gets the timely hits."

• The Tigers fell behind early on in last Thursday evening's 16-10 loss to visiting White House.

The two teams played in White House on March 22, with the Blue Devils claiming a 5-3 victory.

In Thursday's rematch, White House exploded for nine runs in the second inning. Josh Strother's two-run home run capped the early outburst.

Allen singled to lead off the bottom of the first, moved to third when Mercer singled and scored on sophomore Isaac Meador's sacrifice fly.

Thompson's third-inning sacrifice fly drove in junior Jon Mark Gammons, who drew a leadoff walk, and Belton singled to drive in Allen.

Stinson drew a fourth-inning walk and scored on Gammons' groundout, and the Tigers tied the contest with a five-run fifth.

Sophomore Jordon Steen drew a bases-loaded walk to force in Thompson, and Belton crossed the plate thanks to a wild pitch.

Stinson scored on Gammons' run-scoring groundout, and Allen followed with a double to drive in freshman courtesy runner Landon Colter.

Then, Mercer singled in Allen for a 9-9 tie.

However, White House's Dustin Palmer doubled in three runs in the top of the sixth, and after Meador drew a walk in the bottom of the sixth and scored when Belton reached on an error, the Blue Devils added four insurance runs in the top of the seventh.

White House designated hitter Avery O'Bryan hit a two-run home run in the seventh.

The Blue Devils outhit the host squad, 12-10.

Allen had three hits, drew a walk and scored three runs, and both Mercer and Blankenship provided two hits.

• Macon County suffered a 14-11 loss at Watertown on Monday evening.

The Tigers jumped out to a 9-3 lead, thanks largely to a seven-run second inning.

Macon County took a 2-0 lead thanks to three first-inning walks. Allen drew a leadoff walk and eventually scored on a wild pitch.

Then, Belton's single drove in Meador.

Thompson doubled in the third inning and scored on Blankenship's single for a 3-2 lead.

However, the Purple Tiger outburst in the bottom of the frame gave Watertown a six-run lead.

The Tigers erupted for five runs in the fifth inning to cut the lead to a run.

Meador singled and scored on Blankenship's single, and Trent drew a bases-loaded walk to force in Thompson.

Dyer doubled in Belton and Blankenship, and Allen's sacrifice fly drove in Trent.

The host squad added a run in the bottom of the fifth, but Belton singled and scored on Trent's two-out single in the top of the sixth. Junior Tyson Dyer followed with a single to drive in Trent, and Dyer eventually scored on an error for an 11-10 lead.

However, Watertown scored the game's final four runs in the bottom of the sixth.

Macon County was outhit, 13-11, and the Tigers committed six errors.

Dyer had four hits and drove in three runs, and both Belton and Blankenship provided two hits.

Thompson (4-2) pitched into the sixth, scattering 13 hits. The right-hander struck out five hitters and did not issue a base on balls.

Steen came on in relief and retired three of the four batters he faced.

Macon County fell to 12-5 overall and to 5-2 in District 8-AA play.