In the first three rounds of state playoffs, the stingy Tiger defense has been reluctant to allow any runs from their opponents.
In fact, in Round 1, the Tigers soundly shut down Lanier County 10-0 and 14-0.
Tiger opponents remained scoreless in Round 2, when Metter defeated Montgomery County 6-0 and 20-0.
It wasn’t until the first game of Round 3 that a Tiger opponent was able to find his way home, and that was when the Tigers won by a narrow 2-1 decision against Schley County. The Tigers quickly regrouped, however, and shut down the visiting Wildcats by a final score of 6-0.
The Tigers, now in the Final Four, will travel to Folkston later this week to face Charlton County. Game information will be posted on Good Morning, Metter! when it becomes available.
Metter vs. Montgomery Co., Game 1
On May 4 Metter shut down the Montgomery County Eagles in the first game of Round 2.
John Luke Glanton threw a shutout game to lead Metter past Montgomery Co. 6-0.
A double by Kelvin Williams in the first inning was a positive for the Eagles.
Kyzer Anthony led the Tigers offensively by driving in four runs. Anthony went 2-for-2 at the plate, and he drove in runs on a home run in the fourth and a single in the fifth.
Metter put up four runs in the fifth inning as Anthony, Tyler Kirkland and Brendan Wood each had RBIs in the frame.
On the mound, Glanton went seven innings, allowing zero runs on two hits, striking out ten and walking one.
Darrin Truett took the loss for the Eagles. The pitcher lasted six innings, allowing six hits and six runs while striking out three.
The Tigers racked up six hits in the game. Kirkland and Anthony each had two hits to lead Metter.
The Tigers were sure-handed and didn’t commit a single error. Tyler Kirkland made the most plays with 11.
Metter vs. Montgomery Co., Game 2
During the second game of Round 2, two Metter pitchers worked together to secure the 20-0 victory over Montgomery Co.
Metter got things started off quickly as Reco Coney’s sac fly scored one run for the Tigers.
One bright spot for Montgomery Co. was a single by Gavin Fennell in the first inning.
The Tigers smacked one home run on the day as Antoine Deloach had a four-bagger in the third inning.
The Tigers earned their victory, thanks to 11 runs in the fifth inning.
Tiger offense in the inning was led by Kaliq Jordan, Tyler Kirkland, Reese Haden, Jayden Deloach, Eric Bragg and Reco Coney all driving in runs in the frame.
Brian Crooms earned the win for Metter. The pitcher went four innings, allowing zero runs on two hits, striking out six and walking zero.
Randan Rigdon threw one inning of relief out of the bullpen and ended the game by striking out Maurice Polke.
Bo Davidson took the loss for Montgomery Co. The pitcher went three innings, allowing eight runs on six hits and striking out one.
Metter tallied 14 total hits. Tyler Kirkland, Reco Coney, Kyzer Anthony, Rustan Rigdon and Kaliq Jordan each managed two hits to lead.
Metter didn’t commit a single error in the field. Brendan Wood had the most chances in the field with seven.
Metter vs. Schley Co., Game 1
During the first game of Round 3 on Monday, May 10, the Tigers took victory over Schley County with a score of 2-1.
Both teams were strong on the pitcher’s mound, but Metter took the win.
The Tigers started off in the first inning when an error scored one run for Metter.
John Luke Glanton earned the win for the Tigers. The right-hander went seven innings, allowing one run on three hits and striking out nine.
Trypp Lumpkin took the loss for Schley County. Lumpkin lasted six innings, allowing three hits and two runs while striking out ten.
John Luke Glanton, Kyzer Anthony and Tyler Kirkland each had one hit to lead Metter Tigers. The Tigers didn’t commit a single error, and Kirkland made the most plays with 10.
Metter vs. Schley Co., Game 2
The second game of Round 3 on Monday saw the Tigers shut down Schley County 6-0, advancing them to the Final Four.
In the first inning, Metter got their offense started when Kyzer Anthony drew a walk, scoring one.
A positive spot for Schley County was a single by Trypp Lumpkin in the first inning.
The Tigers pulled off the big victory without scoring too many runs in one single inning. The most they scored was two in the fourth.
Brian Crooms took the win for the Tigers. Crooms went six and a third innings, allowing zero runs on four hits and striking out 11.
Rustan Rigdon threw two-thirds of an inning in relief out of the bullpen. Rigdon recorded the last two outs, earning the save for the Tigers.
Owen Lamb took the loss for Schley County. Lamb allowed zero hits and two runs over one-third of an inning.
John Luke Glanton, Brendan Wood, Rustan Rigdon, Reco Coney and Tyler Kirkland each managed one hit to lead the Tigers.