(Photo by Frank Staples)
The Tribe held a 6-3 advantage through four innings, and appeared on the verge of knocking off a tough Lions squad. The visitors mounted a furious comeback in the top of the fifth, plating nine runs to open the game up, 12-6. Manila would add another run in the sixth to set the 13-6 final in place.
Piggott got out to a hot start with key hits from Jim Copelin, Zach Redmon, Brody Williams, Keifer Gunn, Logan Murray and Austin Murray setting the tone early. The Mohawks were able to plate two runs off of Manila miscues, further putting momentum in their favor, building a 4-0 advantage.
The Lions took advantage of some costly errors in the fifth, scoring four unearned runs in the frame en route to taking over the contest.
"Our effort is there," Mohawk head coach Shawn Hearn said. "I can't fault my guys for that one bit. If we don't make a play in the field, we keep our heads up and get after it to make it right. They're doing everything they can to go out there every day and get better. You can't expect more than that from anybody."
The Mohawks fought back in action with Tuckerman in Piggott Tuesday, April 4, but were unable to overcome an early Bulldog advantage, ultimately falling 11-8.
Piggott trailed 7-3 in the fifth inning, but fought back as Coomer scored on a passed ball and RBIs from the bats of Redmon and Williams.
Tuckerman scored three runs in the sixth and one in the seventh to move ahead, 11-6.
The Tribe scored twice in the bottom of the seventh, but was unable to come away with more, setting the final in place.
Piggott is set to visit Hoxie beginning at 4 p.m. Thursday. The Tribe is slated for action at Corning beginning at 4 p.m. Friday. Piggott will host Rivercrest beginning at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 17.