Festus Beats Hillsboro in 10 Innings 8-7, Hillsboro Wins Game Two 7-6

(HILLSBORO)    In a game heard Friday afternoon on AM 1400 KJFF and mymoinfo.com, the Festus Tigers beat the Hillsboro Hawks 8-7 in ten innings. It was game one of a doubleheader.

Hillsboro jumped out to a 2-0 lead against Festus starter Nate Moore who hit three batters in the first inning. Moore was able to get out of a bases loaded jam with a double play. Moore began to settle down thereafter and came out of the game after six and two thirds innings with the game tied 2-2.

Festus scored two in the bottom of the 6th to take a 4-2 lead on a homerun by Jackson Gross.

With Brayden Montgomery in relief of Moore in the 7th, the Hawks pushed two runs across to tie the game.

In the home half of the 7th, Festus had two runners on and no one out but Zach Reynolds was able to retire three in a row to get out of the inning.

Hillsboro scored three runs in the top of the 8th with a walk, a hit batter, another walk, a double by Keenan Drury

A groundout RBI by Christian Groner gave the Hawks a three run lead 7-4.

In the bottom of the 8th inning, and trailing, 7-4 the first two batters for Festus struckout. They then used a triple from Wyatt Huskey, a walk and a three run blast by Jeremiah Cunningham to tie the game 7-7.

Hillsboro was held scoreless in the 9th and 10th.

In the Festus 10th, the Tigers got a leadoff single by Wyatt Huskey who then went to second base on an unassited putout by the first baseman off the bat of Brady Nolen. Jeremiah Cunningham was intentionally walked to fill the empty base at first. Hayden Bates struckout and Tyler Bizzle won the game on an infield hit,8-7.

Festus Tigers coach Jeff Montgomery says both teams fought a competitive battle.

Hillsboro head coach Matt Thompson says things didn’t go their way at the end.

Hillsboro was able to get a split as they won Game two 7-6. Festus is 13-6 and is scheduled to host Gateway Christian Legacy on Monday. Gatweway has a record of 5-6. Hillsboro is 11-4 and they play at Perryville on Thursday. Perryville is 4-10.