The Nevada City Junior-Division Tigers started strong Monday night against the Grass Valley Giants, but in the end it was the Giants walking off the diamond with an 8-5 victory.
Nick Whittlesey started the game by wearing a pitch. Kevin Matheison then singled him home and scored on Max Heinzelman’s single.
The Giants’ freshman pitcher, Ryan Bradshaw, gave up another single to Dominic Garrity and Andrew Pardini scored on a sacrifice fly by Damien.
Bradshaw threw three innings with six strikeouts.
The Giants came back in the first with a two out rally. Andrew Link got it started with a single, Luke Cornish then doubled him home and catcher Ryan Elkins had a RBI single in his first at bat of the season to tie the game.
In the second, the Giants took the lead with walks to Richy Comendant and Caden Unholz. Both scored coming on a single by Ben Powell and a ground out.
The Tigers tied the score at four in the fourth when Ethan Garrity led off with a single and scored on a bases loaded walk to Whittlesey.
With the score tied and the bases loaded and no outs, Powell shut down the Tigers with a ground ball to Evan Rashby at third, who promptly threw home for the force and then Powell tallied two strikeouts.
Powell kept them scoreless for the next two innings as the Giants pulled ahead, starting with his single. Powell eventually scored on an error.
Leading 5-4, the Giants added two more in the fifth with hot hitting Adam Dennis singling. Both he and Powell, who walked, scored on an error off the bat of Gary Menary.
Luke Cornish scored an insurance run in the sixth after walking.
The Tigers did not go quietly in the seventh as the Giants brought Link in to close out the game.
Two walks and a hit batsman brought the tying run to the plate with one out. After a strikeout, Whittlesey continued his terrific play and singled in a run.
Link would then get the final out for the save. Each team showed improvement from their last get together. Max Heinzelman threw four strong innings for the Tigers.