FRANKLIN, TENNESSEE – The Highland Rim Distillers met the Stewart’s Creek Scouts this past Sunday for a scrimmage game at the Carnton Plantation. The game was played on one of the two fields that remained from the Vintage Base Ball conference held at the site on Saturday. The temperature was in the mid 60’s and the sun was out for a good portion of the game. The agreed upon Arbiter was Bill “Amen” Scarborough.
THE GAME – The Scouts won the bat toss and elected to bat second.
The Distillers jumped out to a quick 7 run lead as 6 of the first 7 men to bat reached base safely. In the bottom of the first the Scouts answered with 2 runs of their own.
The Scouts kept chipping away and by the end of the 3rd inning the score was tied at 7. The Distillers broke out again with RBI hits by Gingerbread, Big Red and Piccadilly Willy to take a 13-7 lead into the bottom of the 4th. The Scouts again answered with 2 more to make it 13-9.
In the 5th inning a clutch 2 RBI hit by Crackerjack stretched the Distillers lead back to 6 runs, the score stood at 15-9.
The Scouts added 2 runs in the bottom of the 5th and were at it again in the 6th, several batters laced line drives and they tallied 4 runs to tie the game at 15.
In the top of the 7th the Distillers surged back into the lead with 4 more runs, 2 coming on an RBI double by The Conjuror. The hit was the best of the day for the Distillers, the ball split the outfielders and was hit deep into the left center field gap. On the play the Conjuror had visions of a triple; it was not to be though as he was thrown out on a close play at 3rd base. That would end the scoring for the Distillers.
The game entered the bottom of the 9th with the Highland Rim Nine up by 3 runs. Old Hoss came on (in relief) to try to preserve the victory. The Scouts came out with hit after hit bringing the score closer. With bases loaded “Tick Tock” Platz ended the game with a 2 RBI walk off infield double.
The Scouts won the game 20-19
The game was witnessed by 15-20 spectators.
The season opener for the Distillers will be April 11th at the Historic Ramsey House in Knoxville. The Highland Boys will face the Holstons of that city at 12 Noon Eastern Time.