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August 30, 2013

Byng, Roff coast to semifinals

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Roff —

While Anderson was busy keeping Moss off the scoreboard the rest of the game, Roff finally broke the ice in the bottom of the third.

Zach Lewis started the third-inning uprising with a leadoff double and went to second when the ball inadvertently bounced off the batt of Dalton Reed and died in front of home plate, resulting in an infield hit.

Lewis got caught in a run down between third and home for out No. 1 before Johnson drew a walk. Andy Antonio hit a ground ball to third and it looked like Moss had Reed in a pickle, but he dove back to third base, avoiding the big out. Stephens then walked to force in the first run, Anderson drove in a run with an infield hit and Antonio raced home on a wild pitch to give the locals a 3-1 lead.

Cruz Villafranco followed with a clutch two-RBI double and Hunter Larsh ripped another run-scoring double to right field to give the Tigers a 6-1 advantage. Roff had five of its seven hits in that big third-inning outburst.

The Tigers ended the game via the run-rule with three ugly runs (without the aid of a hit) in the bottom of the third, thanks to two walks, two hit batters and the second of two Moss errors in the game.

Anderson and Villafranco both had two hits apiece for Roff while Reed finished 1-for-1 and was hit twice and walked once. Villafranco had three RBIs.

Byng 4, Oktaha 1

The Pirates didn’t have a hit through five innings against Oktaha ace Daceuada Davis, who was solid in defeat for the Tigers. He struck out five during the one-hit performance, but he beaned three batters and walked two and nearly all those free passes came back to haunt him.

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