Northington continues strong start with shutout of Durant

Mar. 12—Brayden Northington continued his strong start to the season for the Tahlequah Tigers with a complete game shut-out performance against Durant.

Northington's strong day led the Tigers to a 3-0 win Tuesday, March 12.

Overall Northington gave up just two hits, 10 strikeouts and three walks for his third win of the season. So far, the senior hurler has been hard to touch, giving up just five hits this season while allowing just one run.

While Northington was shutting DHS down, the Tigers had to work to pick up some runs. After getting shut down in the first inning, the Tigers started strong in the second inning. Northington led off with a triple to right field, and a Synjin Sampson single gave THS their first run for a 1-0 lead.

Rylan Eagle picked up a single to put a pair of runners on, but DHS would find their groove. Levi Kelly looked to continue the scoring with a single to the third baseman. Despite Kelly's reaching, Sampson was gunned down at the plate to shut down DHS' rally.

Throughout the next couple of innings, it was a pitcher's duel. Both teams were able to get a base runner or two, but weren't able to advance them past second base.

In the bottom of the fifth inning, the Tigers were able to break their standstill. With two outs, Cutter Girdner ripped a triple to left field to start the late rally. With a 2-2 count and two outs, Beckett Robinson ripped a home run over left field to boost the Tigers' lead to 3-0.

THS sniffed another run in the sixth inning with a pair of base runners, but couldn't bring them around. After that, Northington locked in and completed the shutout.

Robinson's home run helped him lead the way with a 1-for-3 day with three runners batted in. Sampson went 2-for-3 with a run scored.

THS will be back in action at 5 p.m. on Thursday, March 14 at home against Bixby.

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