Roy Edward's Tigers got back on the field Tuesday night for the first time since the Class A state championship game and beat Hinton 15-7 in twelve innings.

Actually, what was to be a standard 7/5 doubleheader morphed into a ten-inning scrimmage, then a twelve-inning scrimmage. Hinton brought just ten kids and the coaches agreed to play one ten-inning game to get everyone lots of playing time. Edwards was happy to get a chance to “experiment” a bit and freely moved players around the field and batting order to see what some of them could do in different situations.

As the tenth inning approached, they agreed to go two more and the teams ended up with a solid four-hour workout.

Verden went through a lot of pitchers. J.P. Blackwood, Wade Crowder, Colten Henricks and Tyler Mitchell each threw two innings, then Ryan Rennels, Dan Edwards, Daniel Verser and Dillon Wilson each got an inning's worth of work.

The Tigers scored three early runs on a two-run first-inning single by Verser and an error on Justin Boyer's ground ball in the second.

Hinton's Hunter George drove in two runs in the third with a bases-loaded blast over left fielder Steve Carpenter's head but a strong relay from Carpenter to Edwards to Boyer cut down the runner trying to score from first to kill the rally.

Verden answered in the home half with two more runs. Crowder doubled then scored on another error, this time on a boot of Verser's ground ball, then Rennels singled and scored on Hinton's sixth error, this one a two-baser on a wild throw from short. The teams traded two-run innings before Verden scored seven runs off of George in the home ninth to blow things open.

Henricks scored Boyer on a single, Wilson drew a bases-loaded walk then Craig Hannah scored another on a fielder's choice at second base. Blackwood scored one with another single than two runs scored on another throwing error, this time on Tyler McComas' ground ball. Carpenter and Verser scored two more runs with back-to-back RBI triples before Rennels went down swinging to end the long inning.

Rennels walked one Comet and stranded him in the ninth then Edwards struck out two for a 1-2-3 tenth inning. Josh McLemore tagged Verser for a one-out double then scored Hinton's last run on Jake Chalfaint's ground out in the eleventh and Wilson struck out the side in the top of the twelfth for the finish.

Things will get a little more serious Thursday when the Tigers travel to Ft. Cobb, who will be looking for some payback after Wilson struck out fourteen of them to knock the Mustangs out of the state tournament.

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