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Tinora rolls past Northwood, 13-5, in the regional final (5-31-13) PDF Print E-mail
Written by By JACK CARLE Sentinel Sports Editor   
Friday, 31 May 2013 18:17
Northwood's Jacob Davenport slides into home as Tinora's EJ Kissel jumps into the air to catch the ball. (Photo: Shane Hughes/Sentinel-Tribune)
HAMLER — Tinora broke open a close game with a seven-run sixth inning on the way to a 13-5 victory over Northwood in a Division IV regional final baseball game Friday afternoon.
The game was played at Patrick Henry High School.
The big blow in the sixth inning was a grand slam, through the rain, by winning pitcher Clay Pittman. PHOTO GALLERY
‘‘Clay has come through for us so many times, you expect it,’’ Tinora head coach Brent Renollet said.
‘‘He’s a tough player ... He proved his worth today,’’ Northwood head coach Dave Russell said about Pittman. ‘‘He hit that big shot there, that kind of put the nail in the coffin.
‘‘That’s what great players do and I applaud him; he’s a great player.’’
Tinora scored three times in the first inning and added single runs in the second and third to take a 5-0 lead.
In the first, the Rangers might have been out of the inning, but a throwing error on a rundown play when the Rangers did not get the out at third base helped the Rams.
‘‘I think we’ve scored two in the first inning every game; that helps,’’ Renollet said. ‘‘Our top five hitters are pretty good. We feel fortunate when they get to bat.’’
The top five hitters for Tinora were 9-for-21 with seven RBI in the game, with EJ Kissel and Brevin Renollet each going 3-for-4.
‘‘That’s a tough team across the way over there,’’ Russell said.  ‘‘They made plays. They put the ball in play. They pitched strikes and that shows on the scoreboard.’’
Meanwhile, Pittman allowed just one hit in the first three innings.
The Rangers broke through in the fourth with three runs.
With one out, Nick Russell doubled down the right-field line. Then with two outs, Myles Habel’s double to left-center scored Russell.
Habel moved to third on a single by Jacob Davenport and scored on a throwing error. Davenport scored on a double steal to cut Tinora’s lead to 5-3.
With two runners on, Pittman got out of the inning on a fly ball to center field.
As the rain started to fall in the sixth inning, resulting in a 33-mintue delay, the first seven batters reached base for Tinora and all seven scored as the Rams came out of the inning with a 12-3 lead.
“Quite frankly when it was 5-3, I was praying for rain,’’ coach Renollet said. ‘‘We needed to get a big inhale.”
The Rangers used three pitchers in the sixth, with John Segura coming in to get the final three outs.
Tinora tacked on one more run in the seventh.
Northwood added two runs in the bottom of the seventh on an RBI fielder’s choice grounder from Evan Perkins and an RBI single from Segura.
The Rangers wanted to keep Tinora off-balance with a breaking ball pitcher and started Justin Rohrs. Rohrs pitched into the sixth inning before being replaced by Jacob Davenport and eventually Segura.
The Rams had 14 hits in the game, but Pittman’s home run was the only extra-base hit.
The Ranger pitches walked four, struck out four and hit one. Northwood also had four errors.
Pittman, who is normally Tinora’s catcher, pitched the first six innings and allowed four hits and three runs while walking one and striking out two.
‘‘He battled. He’ll tell you he’s not a pitcher, he’s a catcher,’’ coach Renollet said. ‘‘He competed and he threw strikes.’’
Pittman came back to pitch on Friday after going the first two innings in Tinora’s 11-1 semifinal win over McComb on Thursday.
‘‘He’s a little sneaky. He’s got a little movement on his fastball that kind of kept us out-front,’’ coach Russell said. ‘‘We struggled with that all day.’’
Tinora advances to the state semifinals with a 19-7 record.
After a 2-7 start to the season, Northwood began to play as a team and finished 19-11, while reaching the regional final.
‘‘We don’t want the guys to walk away, especially the seniors, with this one game being a bitter taste in their mouth,’’ coach Russell said. ‘‘We’re trying to look at the season as a whole.
‘‘We started 2-7 and if you would have told me two weeks ago we would in the top eight in the state and sitting at 19-11, I would have said ‘no way,’’’ he continued. ‘‘That’s a testament to our seniors. They battled all year through adversity and got us where we’re at right now. Unfortunately we were a little short.’’
Northwood’s seniors are: Brandon Hoffman, Perkins, Rohrs, Russell, Segura and Jordan Schell.

TINORA    311    007    1—13    14    2
NORTHWOOD 000    300    2—5    5    4
HITS — (T) Kissel 3, B. Renollet 3, Pttman 2, Stack 2, Drewes, Mahan, Dickerson, R. Rennolett; (N) Russell 2, Segura, Habel, Davenport. 2B — (N) Russell, Habel. HR — (T) Pittman. RUNS — (T) Kissel 3, R. Renollet 2, Stack 2, B. Renollet 2, Dickerson, Mahan, Drewes, Pittman;  (N) Russell, Habel, Davenport, Sutton, Schell. RBI — (T) Pittman 5, Kissel, Drewes, Stark, Rumbaugh, Mahan; (N) Perkins, Segura, Habel. SAC — (T) R. Renollet, Dickerson. SAC FLY — (T) Pittman, Rumbaugh. SB— (T) B. Renollet 2, Drewes, Stark; (N) Davenport 2, Hoffman. HBP — (T) Mahan (by Rohrs); (N) Hoffman (by Rumbaugh). Double Play — Tinora 1.  LOB — Tinora 8. Northwood 4.

IP    H    R    ER    BB    SO
Pittman (WP, 5-0)    6    4    3    1    1    2
Rumbaugh    1    1    2    2    1    0
Rohrs (LP, 5-1)    5    9    7    5    2    2
Davenport    0    2    5    4    2    1
Segura    2    3    1    1    0    1
(Rohrs pitched to two batters in the sixth)
(Davenport pitched to five batters in the sixth)
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