Nine-run inning lifts Tigers past Southern Lab

Kyle Riviere
Clenard Mollere scores one of Donaldsonville's 14 runs in their victory over Southern Lab. Photo by Kyle Riviere.

Donaldsonville only had five hits against Southern Lab on Tuesday evening, but that's all they needed.

The Tigers consistently put the ball in play and forced the Kittens to be perfect on defense, and they were far from it.

In committing an abundance of errors, Southern Lab gave up nine runs in the third inning. This put Donaldsonville put 10-4, and they never looked back. They eventually won the game by a 14-5 margin.

However, early on, it was the Tigers that were making the mistakes.

Two errors in the first inning allowed Southern Lab to take a 1-0 lead. Another error in the third gave way to a three-run inning that put the Kittens ahead, 4-1.

Though, Donaldsonville never pressed.

In the bottom of the third, they began things with singles by Malik Fowler and Antonio Mera.

Two Southern Lab errors followed, which allowed the Tigers to score three runs and tie the game.

Charles Brown then came up with a two-RBI single, and another run alertly came home when the Kitten fielders' attention was elsewhere.

Donaldsonville scored the final three runs of the inning following another Kitten error and a two-RBI single by Tre'von Mitchell.

Two more Southern Lab fielding errors resulted in one Tiger run in both the fourth and fifth innings.

In the sixth, Fowler came up with a sac grounder, and the final Tiger run came when another base-runner scored following a Kitten mental lapse from the field.

Head coach Garrett Maum was happy with how his team was able to respond after falling down 4-1.

"The guys never panicked. They had that big inning and got some separation on us, but we just stayed patient. We didn't try to get it all back in one or two hits," Maum said. "We took what they gave us and put the ball on the ground and forced them to make plays. When they didn't, we took advantage."

From the plate, Brown went 1-3 with two RBIs and a walk, Mitchell went 1-4 with two RBIs and Fowler was 1-4 with one run batted in.

From the mound, Mitchell threw a complete game--only allowing four hits and three earned runs. He struck out five.

It was the third straight victory for Donaldsonville. After only winning one game all of last year, the win over Southern Lab improved the Tigers to 8-1 overall.