The Commerce High School baseball and softball teams both got into the win column in there most recent games, with the Tigers putting some lopsided numbers on the board en route to a 14-4 drubbing of Cooper in just six innings on Tuesday, and the Lady Tigers finishing their season with a victory in their final game of the season Friday.
In Tuesday's baseball game, Commerce's dominance was evident early, jumping to a 3-0 lead after two innings and seeming to have all of the momentum. That lead stretched out even more following a single Bulldog run in the fourth, as the Tigers put five on the board in their half of the inning to grab a 7-run lead.
Cooper fought back valiantly with a strong three-run inning in the fifth, but that success was short-lived.
The Tigers stifled any notion of a comeback with two runs in the fifth and four runs in the sixth, which enacted the run rule, ending the game early. Gauge Elliott delivered what turned out to be the walk-off hit as he doubled to right field, bringing two runners home and ceasing the game prematurely.
Elliott went two-for-four with three rbi and a run scored. In addition, he also started the game at pitcher and went five innings, giving up four hits, four runs, striking out four and walking four. Dalton Hampton went two-for-four and scored three runs. Brandon Turner was strong on the base paths, coming in as a pinch runner and scoring four runs on the night. Ty Myers went one-for-one and had four walks. J’Den Wilson drove in four runs on a two-for-three night.
Isaac Hundley came in to pitch the final inning in relief of Elliott, allowing one hit and striking out two batters.
The win brings the Tigers to an overall record of 4-20 and a district record of 2-9. Commerce plays their final game of the season on Friday at home against Cooper.
In softball, the Lady Tigers got their first district victory in their last chance, grabbing a 6-2 victory over Winnsboro.
Commerce got on the board first with a run in the first inning and two in the second thanks to some defensive mistakes by Winnsboro. The visitors answered with a run of their own in the third, but the Lady Tigers still held a lead at the halfway point of the game.
In the fourth frame, Commerce dropped three runs on the scoreboard after stringing together three singles and a double. That advantage held, as Winnsboro could only scratch a single run across in the seventh to give the Lady Tigers their first district win of the season in their final game.
Camdyn Shaw came up big in the contest, going three-for-four with a run scored. Breann Mulcahy went two-for-three with a triple and scored a run. Aubrey Clayton had a double and two walks on the night while driving in a run.
Savannah Shaw pitched a gem, throwing all seven innings and allowing just five hits and two earned runs. She also struck out one and walked one.
The victory ends Commerce’s season with an overall record of 5-16 and a 1-11 district mark. Many players are slated to return, as there are only a handful of seniors on the roster.