By DARRIN SMITH
The Chattooga Indians hosted Darlington on Tuesday at Old Timers Field. They were not gracious hosts as the rolled over the Tigers 6-2 to improve to 4-1 on the young season.
The Indians struck early with one in the first when Dexter Brown drove home Brennon Whitlock with an RBI single. After that, defense took over for both teams as the 1-0 Indian lead held until the Tigers tied it in the top of the fourth. The Indians were quick to end the tie as they dropped five on the Tigers in the bottom of the inning to take the lead for good. Zack Tucker drove in Clayton Johnson to get the rally started. Later, with two outs, Whitlock followed by driving in Tucker with an RBI single to right field. Caleb Veitch followed with an RBI single to right field to drive in Rodger Hedgecoth and Balyn Stephens finished the rally with an RBI single to score Veitch.
Darlington made some noise in their final at bat, but the attempted rally ran out of gas after only one runner made it across home.
“Whitlock didn’t have his best stuff on the mound tonight, but the defense held solid and he was able to get out of some jams,” Coach Mike Shank told The News after the game. “Offensively we just left too many runners on base. We got our guys back from basketball this week and they will need some time in the lineup to get it going. We have a long way to go to get to where we need to be. These guys are really talented and when it all comes together, we’ll be hard to handle.”
Brennon Whitlock got the start on the mound and went five innings giving up one run on five hits while striking out six and walking one. Dexter Brown came in as relief and closed the game going two innings giving up one run on three hits while striking out two. Five Indian hitters finished with a single RBI each but only two Indians finished with multiple hits. Brennon Whitlock went 2-3 with one RBI. He scored twice and drew a walk in the game as well. Clayton Johnson went 2-3 and scored once.