COMMERCE — Two runs in the bottom of the sixth inning lifted Commerce past Foyil 8-6 in a high school baseball game here Thursday night.
"We were finally able to find ways to score," CHS coach Clint Kissee said. "We were able to draw some walks and put the ball in play much better than the night before (in a 20-2 loss to Vinita). Five different people had RBIs for us.
"I really think we will continue to improve as the season goes along. Our defense is looking pretty good, and if our pitchers will continue to get better, we will be a lot more competitive."
The Tigers spotted Foyil a 4-1 lead through the first two innings.
CHS picked up a single run in the third, scored three times in the fourth and added a single run in the fifth.
The final two runs for Commerce came in the sixth.
Foyil’s only other runs came in the fourth.
"We got off to a shaky start, giving up five walks and four runs in the first two innings," Kissee said. "Josh (Pilkinton) started the game, and was struggling some. He went over his pitch count in the second inning, so we brought in Blake Witten, a freshman, in the third. Blake did a really good job."
Witten scattered five hits and two walks over five innings and struck out eight.
Pilkinton, Jake Manning, Nowlin, Mikey Morgan, Trae Ratliff and Cook had singles for the Tigers.
Vinita 20, Commerce 2
The Hornets broke out to a 6-0 lead in the first inning and never looked back.
They picked up two runs in the fourth and broke the game open with an 11-run fifth, sending 16 batters to the plate.
Vinita got a final run in the fifth.
"It wasn't a good outing for us," Kissee said. "Vinita has a really good ball club and our pitchers just didn't do a good job of shutting them down. We pitched behind in the count all night long, and gave up 10 walks on top of that. We just won't win against good teams doing that.
"We only made two errors, but the walks killed us."
The Tigers picked up single runs in the fourth and fifth innings, taking advantage of Vinita errors.
Manning, Nowlin, Zach Barnes and Kasey Ng had singles for the Tigers.