Lebanon took down Clinton Prairie 3 to 2 Saturday morning in the opening game of their Tiger Classic. Junior Nick Nies started and got the win. He shut the Gophers out over five innings on five hits and a walk. He did hit a batter and struck out three. Jarret French pitched a scoreless 6th but got in trouble trying to close out the game in the 7th. After walking the first two Prairie hitters, he gave way to junior Isaac McClaine who did not fare any better. Jared Ray smoked the very first pitch he saw into the leftfield corner to drive in both runners, pulling them within one run. Coach Rick Cosgray then turned to sophomore Garrett Harker who retired the next three on a pair of pop ups and a groundout, for the save.
Harker and senior DH Michael O’Connor drove runs in for the Tigers. O’Conner knocked in fellow senior Jonathan Moore who had tripled to start the Tiger 5th. O’Connor ended up with two hits on the day and also scored a run.
The win improves the Lebanon record to five and two on the season and put them in the Classic championship game against the Lewis Cass Kings later that evening.