TRM walks over Northview

Published 2:06 pm Wednesday, March 20, 2019

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The T. R. Miller Tigers took the game in walk-off fashion, with the help of a walk-off single at the end of the game to defeat Northview.

“Well you have to give Northview the credit, they fought back and did their jobs to come back and tie it up in the seventh. Logan Bush came on the mound for us and got the outs and left runners stranded. I am very proud of our kids and the fight they had in them,” said head coach Kevin Madden.

Tied at 6, with the Tigers batting in the bottom of the seventh, Blake Jernigan singled on the first pitch of the at bat, scoring one run.

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Leading by four runs in the third inning was plenty to hold off the Chiefs for the victory. Northview scored four runs on a double by Vonable in the fourth, a two-run home run by Moore in the seventh, and a double by Bryant in the seventh.

Northview got things started in the second inning.

An error scored one run for Northview. The Tigers collected five runs in the third inning.

The offensive momentum came from singles by Tyler Merritt and Jon Jeter, a walk by Wyn Brittain, and an error on a ball put in play by Logan Bush.

Matt Smith was on the pitcher’s mound for the Tigers of TRM. He allowed six hits and three runs over four innings, striking out four and walking one.

TRM racked up eight hits in the game.

Kyle Blevins, Jernigan, and Bush each had multiple hits. Bush, Jernigan, and Blevins each managed two hits to lead TRM.

The first ASWA baseball rankings for Class 3A were released last week and had the TRM Tigers at No. 9, but Madden has his team focused.

“It’s nice to be recognized for your hard work and success, but we preach to our guys to never be satisfied, always continue to work and improve. There’s one ranking that we want, and that is the ranking at the end of the season,” he said. Along with that ranking at the end of the season, is the hope of bringing home a state championship trophy for the first time in TRM Baseball history.

Clarification: In last week’s story, it was incorrectly reported that Tyler Merritt pitched the Neal game and Blake Jernigan pitched the J.U. Blacksher game. Merritt actually pitched the JUB game and Jernigan the Neal game.