A slim lead quickly evaporated for the Commerce Tiger baseball team on Tuesday against Winnsboro as their opponents dropped a big inning to go ahead and eventually win 6-4.
Both teams were knotted at 1 run each after the first inning, and the trend continued for the next few frames. Commerce lunged into the lead with a single run in the fourth, and still held their 2-1 lead going into the bottom of the sixth inning.
That’s where things began to break apart, as three hits, a walk and an error turned into five runs for the home squad, who now found themselves with a comfortable four-run margin.
Commerce, now down, fought back valiantly in the seventh, stringing together a few hits and capitalizing on defensive mistakes by Winnsboro, but they could only plate two runs in the frame and left with the loss.
Zach Jensen and Colton Broeske had big days at the plate, finishing two-for-four. Jensen had two rbi and a run and also smacked a triple. Ty Myers went one-for-two with a pair of walks.
Gauge Elliott pitched all six innings for the Tigers, giving up seven hits, striking out five, and allowing six runs with two of them earned.
The loss drops Commerce to 3-17 on the season and 1-6 in the district. The Tigers will welcome Winnsboro at home on Friday at 7 p.m.