Matewan led the entire game, taking a 10-2 lead in the bottom of the second inning and 13-7 in the fourth, but allowed the Knights to score four unanswered runs in the top of the sixth inning to cut the Tigers’ advantage to just two runs.
The Tigers then held on in the top of the seventh inning to take their second win in a row. Matewan improved to 4-8 with the victory.
“We had the game in hand, but I put some people in to get them some playing time,” Matewan Coach Danny “B.B.” Perkins said. “Mount View didn’t give up and they got back into the game. I had to put my starters back in to finish the game.
“We made some mental errors out in the field. But, that’s what we play these games for — to get better. Hopefully, we’ll be better by the time the sectional tournament rolls around.”
Matewan got five runs in the first inning and five in the second. The Tigers scored one run in the third frame and two more in the fourth.
Matewan committed six errors that resulted in runs.
Mount View scored two runs in the second inning and four in the third. The Knights added another run in the fourth and four more in the sixth. They committed four errors.
For the Tigers, Max Whitt hit a triple and an RBI, Cody Gooslin hit a double and a single and knocked in three runs. Jacob Staton hit a two-run single. Justin Bradford and Josh Sammons each hit a single. Chaz Clusky knocked in two runs and Cody Centers batted in one.
Sammons got the win on the mound. He went six innings, walking three and striking out four. Roger Slone came in to pitch the seventh inning.
David Boyer suffered the loss for Mount View.
The Tigers return to action this evening, hosting Tug Valley in a 5 p.m. game at Tiger Stadium. Weather permitting, Matewan is scheduled to host Burch tomorrow, then Pike Central (Ky.) on Thursday and another visit by Burch on Friday. The Tigers then travel to Van on Saturday.