Tiger bats get hot against Shannon

HATLEY – Four straight games at home during the Hatley Tournament was just what the Tigers needed to get their bats warmed up.
Hatley (5-1) swept its own tournament and pounded out 8 hits in their 9-0 win over Shannon on Friday afternoon.

Melissa Meador/Monroe Journal Hatley shortstop Russ Johnson throws a runner out at first against Shannon on Friday afternoon.

Melissa Meador/Monroe Journal
Hatley shortstop Russ Johnson throws a runner out at first against Shannon on Friday afternoon.

Hatley coach John Harris said he’s seen a lot of improvement in his team in the past week.
“We’re starting to hit the ball a little better and having better approaches at the plate. I thought we did a good job of just putting it in play, running the bases well and taking what they gave us today,” Harris said.
Jonathan Waycaster (1-1) struck out four and gave up just two hits on his way to grabbing the four-inning win.
“I thought Waycaster had a pretty good night tonight,” Harris said. “He got warmed up, kept the ball down and did a good job of mixing it up a little bit. He did a good job for us.”
The Tigers gave Waycaster a lead early to work with, scoring a pair of runs in the bottom of the first.
Josh Carlisle led off with a double, while Russ Johnson reached on a bunt single and Hunter Schrock walked. Garrett Gray followed with a bases-loaded walk, and Andrew Gray was hit by a pitch to bring another run in.
Johnson, who went 2 for 2 and reached base all four times, knocked in another run in the second with an RBI single and scored on a wild pitch.
In the third, Waycaster drew a bases-loaded walk, while Schrock followed him with an RBI single. Clay Pearson added an RBI single in the fourth, while Waycaster knocked in another run with a sacrific fly.
“It’s starting to come around better than what it has. It’s just early in the season, and we’re working some different people in,” Harris said. “I think we’re starting to come around. Some of the younger guys are starting to get more at bats and settling in.”