By KYLE LOVERN
NAUGATUCK – The Tug Valley Panthers were hoping to win their first game in two seasons, but instead lost a heartbreaker 8-6 Tuesday night to Shelby Valley.
With the game tied 6-6, Shelby Valley scored two runs in the top of the 7th inning to take an 8-6 lead and held the Panthers scoreless in the final frame. It was Tug Valley’s first home game of the season.
Shelby Valley scored two runs in the 1st inning on a wild pitch and an error to take a 2-0 lead. Tug Valley got one of the runs back after Chuckie White walked, stole second and third base and scored on an RBI single by Zack Baize.
The Panthers took the lead in the 3rd inning after Cody McCloud, David Runyon smacked a single and stole second. Jordan Mounts then smacked a single to bring in his teammates and pick up a pair of RBIs to give TVHS a 3-2 lead.
The Wildcats scored two more runs in the top of the 4th inning retake the lead at 4-3. Then Tug Valley took the lead in the bottom of the 5th inning after Runyon doubled and scored on an error. Gabriel Varney reached first on an error. Josh Spry came in as a courtesy runner. Then Baize lined a hard single in the gap for another RBI to give his team a 5-4 lead.
Shelby Valley tied it at 5-5 in the 6th frame.
In the bottom of the 6th inning, Aaron Muncy came in as a pinch hitter and beat out an infield hit. He stole second and went to third on a wild pitch. Then McCloud gave the Panthers a 6-5 lead with a single to right field. Varney, the starting pitcher was relieved by White in the 7th, and TVHS was unable to keep the lead, losing 8-6.
Varney took the loss on the mound pitching 6 innings, while D. Newsome got the win for the Cats.
Score by innings:
SVHS …. 200 201 2 – 8
TVHS …. 012 021 0 - 6