A strong first inning wasn’t enough to push Drexel past Weaubleau in the Class 1 sectionals May 21 at Drexel. The Tigers ran past the Bobcats 9-4.
Drexel started things off in the top of the first inning with a single from freshman Hayden Parks and junior London Collins. Then sophomore Tyler Allen stepped up to the plate and whacked a home run over the left field wall to give the Bobcats a 3-0 advantage.
Weaubleau quickly scored in the bottom of the first inning with Collins on the mound as the Tigers hit their own solo home run to make the score 3-1. But it wasn’t until the bottom of the fourth inning that the Tigers broke out with a lead. After a single, a walk and a hit by pitch, Collins walked the next batter, sending a runner home.
Then the Tigers had another single to give two more base-runners a score and put Weaubleau ahead 4-3. The Tigers hit a double next to send another runner home to make the score 5-3.
The Bobcats closed the gap in the top of the sixth inning after Collins, Allen and sophomore Lane West were walked. Collins was picked off second base, but the Tigers put in a new pitcher. Senior Austin Davis was walked, but freshman Chandler Eastwood hit a single that got Davis out at second, but not before Allen scored. Freshman Trevor Gunnels struck out to end the inning.
And in the bottom of the sixth, Weaubleau spread their lead with four more runs to take a 9-4 advantage.
Drexel had one more chance in the top of the seventh inning. After sophomore Justin Frazee was hit by a pitch, sophomore Andrew Gilbert struck out, as did Parks. Collins hit a single, but Allen hit a fly ball to center field that was caught to end the game.
The Bobcats end the season with a 6-4 record.