ATHENA - To err may be human, but it's certainly not recommended during baseball games. The Weston-McEwen TigerScots and Stanfield Tigers both learned that the hard way Saturday, splitting a doubleheader with the team making the most errors losing each contest.
The TigerScots held off the Tigers in the first game to take a 10-9 victory and Stanfield's Tyler Gabriel out-dueled the TigerScots' Tommy Clark in the nightcap, which Stanfield took by a score of 5-3.
"The first game they made the errors and in the second game we made the errors," Weston-McEwen assistant coach David Duncan said. "We made too many errors at the wrong time and they capitalized on them."
Weston-McEwen raced out of the starting gate in the first game, scoring two runs in the first inning when Cory Williams singled home Jeff Duke and Alec Sheard.
The Tigers cut the gap to one in the second inning, as Tyler Cisneros manufactured a run by drawing a two-out walk, stealing second base and coming in to score on a passed ball.
Things came unraveled for Stanfield in the bottom of the second, as four errors helped lead to six Weston-McEwen runs.
A slow start was something Stanfield coach Greg Kaatz was concerned with before the game had even started.
"I was a little worried right off the bat," he said. "The kids showed up a little flat, uninterested and had a lack of focus. You could really see it in the pre-game. That stuff leads to defensive problems."
Stanfield chipped-away at the lead, scoring twice in the third inning, but an RBI single by Clark in the home half of the third made it a 9-3 game, before things began to get interesting.
The Tigers scored once in the fourth and added two runs in the fifth inning to pull within three, only to see Weston-McEwen make it a 10-6 game after five innings with a run of their own.
A pair of runs for Stanfield in the sixth made it 10-8 and the Tigers pulled within one after Kyle Sobotta singled and came around to score after stealing two bases. Stanfield had the tying run on second with one out, but Weston-McEwen's Alec Sheard was able to retire the final two batters.
"We gave them a ton of runs," Kaatz said.
Duke finished with three hits to lead the TigerScots and also earned the win on the mound, while Clark had a pair of singles for the Weston-McEwen cause.
Sam Taylor had a big game for Stanfield, with two hits and four RBIs.
The second game looked as though it was going to be another high scoring affair, as Weston-McEwen led 3-1 after two innings.
Stanfield scored three times in the third, including one run on a Michael Sobotta homer and added another run in the fourth. From that point on, Gabriel and Clark took control and neither team would score another run.
"I felt pretty good today," Gabriel said. "I just started working on a new pitch and it worked pretty good"
Gabriel struck out nine batters and faced just 16 hitters over the final five innings.
"We've been working on a couple of mechanical things to make him a little more efficient," Kaatz said.
Clark also had an impressive finish, not allowing a hit over the final four innings while throwing a complete game.
"That's a personal best for him - throwing all seven innings," Duncan said "We didn't help him booting the ball around, but he pitched an excellent game."
Stanfield has a nonleague game Tuesday against Mac-Hi and Kaatz said he would give Gabriel's arm a chance to rest.