Knights defeat Tigers

By By Jamie Sullivan/staff writer
March 9, 2002
The Southeast Lauderdale Tigers were so close to upsetting cross-county rival West Lauderdale Friday night at Tiger Field, that it literally upset Knight head coach Jerry Boatner. The Knights took the decision 6-5 in a circus atmosphere.
The Knights struck in the first inning, when Randy Diveley reached on a passed ball, on a Phillip Butler strike out. Ike Munn drove Diveley in, when he hit a ball to the third basemen, but due to a throwing error, Diveley crossed the plate for a 1-0 lead.
The Tigers struck next, when Tyler Overby reached base on a walk. Overby advanced to second with a stolen base, and one wild-pitch later he was on third. Clay McRee reached base by a catcher interference violation. James Pierce drove Overby in to tie the game. Michael Anderson then singled in McRee to take a 2-1 lead after two innings.
The Knights regained the lead in the fourth inning, when they squeezed three runs in to take a non-relinquishing lead.
The Knights added another run in the fifth inning, when Jeremiah Lovett scored to take a 6-2 lead. The Tigers had a chance to make something happen in the fifth inning, but due to a missed signal, the chances were nullified.
Southeast Lauderdale started a two-out rally in the bottom of the seventh inning, to come up short 6-5 and rattle Boatner even more.
The Tigers got three runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to make the score 6-5. Piecre was the last batter, and his foul ball erupted Boatner and the Knights.
The umpire called the ball foul, but West Lauderdale went through the motions of taking the last-out. After they completed the play the celebration began. However, the celebration turned chaotic.
After a lengthy feud on the infield by Boatner, the umpires took charge on the situation and put Boatner back in the dug-out. The Knights retired Pierce to end the game.
The Knights were lead in hitting by Van Wilson and Miles Joyner with two singles apiece.
The Tigers were led in hitting by Jay Butler with two singles and a double and a run scored.
Overby also had a double a RBI and a run scored.
Trent Posey took the win, while Butler suffered the loss. Posey compiled nine strike outs on the night.
The Tigers fall to 5-3, while West Lauderdale advances to 7-2. Southeast will be in action again Monday, when they travel to Quitman, for the Panther Invitational.
West Lauderdale will visit John Moss Field today to tangle with the 9-4 Meridian Wildcats.

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