Going on the road to Washington C.H. to start the week, the McClain Tigers returned to Highland County with a 10-9, eight-inning South Central Ohio League win over the host Blue Lions.

The Tigers took the lead in the top of the first inning by scoring two runs in the inning with Dakotah Duncan and Cody Pollock, who reached the bases on a two-out double with a 2-2 count, scoring the runs. Pollock scored on a two-out double by Jacob Easter with on 0-1 count.

MHS added one run to their lead in the top of the third with Austin Booth scoring the run. He singled with one out in the inning, stole second base and scored with the bases loaded (Camden Yates and Duncan forced one-out walks). As the bases were loaded with two outs, Jay Beatty forced a walk for the RBI, scoring Booth.

Washington came back strong in the bottom of the third with a five-run inning (an inning in which the Tigers committed four errors), and in the fourth, they added another run for a 6-3 lead. In the top of the fifth, the Tigers added two more runs on a triple from Pollock (scoring Beatty who doubled) and groundout to second by Easter to score Pollock, making it a 6-5 deficit for the Tigers.

Both teams scored runs in the sixth as the Tigers regained the lead with runs by Duncan and Yates rounding the bases. Yates singled with one out to reach the bases, and Duncan doubled. Having an RBI in the inning was Beatty.

In the eighth inning, the Tigers took the lead for good with a three-run inning, as Beatty, Pollock and Easter all scored runs. Two of those runs scored on a two-out, two-out double by Sam Faulconer. Washington responded with two runs, but the Tigers fended off the hosts’ rally to preserve the lead and win.

Next for the Tigers is a home game vs. East Clinton on Tuesday, followed by an away game on Wednesday vs. Hillsboro.