NRV Tigers 17U baseball wins Championship

By Rodney Young
SWT Sports Writer

Salem – The fall baseball schedule for the NRV 17U Tigers got off to a great start this past weekend when they won the USSSA Tournament that was held at Patrick Henry High School and at Kiwanis Filed in Salem.

On Saturday the Tigers beat the Patrick Henry Cardinals 16-4. Connor Lewis got the mound win as he went 3 innings striking out two and surrendered four runs.

The second game on Saturday saw the Tigers fall behind early 5-0. They made it close but came out on the short end of a 5-4 decision to the Carroll County Cavaliers. Trey Hodson took the loss as he went 4.0 innings giving up five runs but only two of them was earned. The Tigers committed a couple of huge errors that they couldn’t overcome.

Sunday the Tigers first game was at Kiwanis Field. They got an outstanding pitching effort from PK Kepler. He tossed a complete game, going all seven innings. He struck out 14 as they beat the Virginia Tigers 2-0 in a real pitching duel. Kepler helped himself as he knocked in one run and also scored one. The win meant the Tigers advanced to the championship against Carroll County.

They got a bit of sweet revenge by they defeated Carroll County 16-6. Pulaski County pitcher Hunter Shrewsbury picked up the win. He went three innings giving up four runs and striking out two in the win. Wyatt Hage and Caleb Wetzel finished the game on the mound for the victorious Tigers. Kepler went four for four at the plate. He scored three runs and had three RBI. Seven different players had an RBI and nine had at least one run scored.

”We hit the ball real well in the championship game,” Head coach Todd Davis remarked. “We got a great effort from PK (Kepler) in the first game today to help get us here. We wanted to play Carroll again after Saturday’s game with them.”

For the weekend the Tigers got contributions from all of their players. Kepler led the way as he went 6 for 10 hitting, scored eight runs and had five RBI. Caleb Franklin was 4 for 6 with five RBI. Austin Atkins went 3 for 9 with four runs and 3 RBI. Pulaski County Cougar players Hunter Shrewsbury and Bailey Ayers were a combined 5 for 16 with six runs scored and five runs knocked in.

The Tigers will be back in action Sept. 22-24 in Richmond. It will be a Max Exposure Weekend for the traveling Tigers.

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