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Purple Tigers play 19 innings to sweep Gordonsville

Staff Reports • Mar 29, 2017 at 11:30 AM

WATERTOWN — A long, but profitable, night of baseball finally ended for Watertown late Tuesday when senior Kannan Akins drove in the tie-breaking run in the top of the 12th inning for a 9-8 win over Gordonsville in the nightcap of a District 8-A double header.

The Purple Tigers won the regularly-scheduled opener 10-3. The second game was rained out Monday night at Crump Paris Park in South Carthage and rescheduled for Tuesday with Gordonsville as the home team.

Tyler Vastola pitched seven scoreless innings for the win in the nightcap, allowing one hit while striking out 10.

Gordonsville scored five times in the third inning on a pair of Purple Tiger errors.

Vastola, Peyton Flatt, Jared Bradshaw and Seth Price each picked up a pair of the Purple Tigers’ 12 hits as Watertown improved to 7-3-1 for the season and 2-0 in the district.

Watertown had 14 hits in the first game to help Akins to the win. Akins pitched 6 2/3 innings, allowing three runs on four hits. The Purple Tigers did not commit an error.

Bradshaw, Akins and Bo Whitlock each drove in two runs while Whitlock, Vastola, Akins and Heath Price had multiple hits apiece.

Watertown jumped to a 5-1 lead in the second inning on singles by Brandon Allison, Whitlock and Kolbe Sanders and a Bradshaw double and never looked back.

The Tigers will next play in the Single-A Classic at Middle Tennessee Christian in Murfreesboro beginning with a pair of games Thursday - at 5:15 p.m. against Scotts Hill and at 7:30 against host MTCS.

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