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Tiger Baseball Team makes it 9 in a row

{Columbia, SC} The Benedict Tiger Baseball team is on a roll as they completed a 3-game sweep against Paine College in thrilling fashion.  The Tigers came roaring back after being down 4-1 after 6 innings of baseball.  SIAC favorite for Player of the Year Brandon Gipson hit a towering homerun in the bottom of the 7th that cut the lead to 4-2 and got the home crowd back into the game. The 8th inning was probably the most exciting inning of the year for the Tigers as Shortstop Junior Michael Jordan made 2 errors that allowed the Lions to have the bases loaded. But, Jordan redeemed himself with probably the best defensive play of the year as the Lions' batter hit a ball to short left-center that looked  like a probable 2-run score, but the Tiger from Miami, Florida made a spectacular diving catch for out number one and held everybody at their base.

The Lions were still in pretty good shape with the bases loaded and one out, but the Tigers' middle infield combination of Jordan and second base Senior Selwyn Young who already had 2 beautiful double plays to their credit stood their ground.  After a Lions' batter sharp hit to Jordan, he tagged the runner at third and threw out the runner at first for a quick momentum change.  Third baseman Senior Wayne Sims led off the 8th inning with a single to the centerfielder while Jordan got on base with a bunt single.  The Paine coach was forced to call a timeout to talk to his pitcher, but decided to stay with him since the top of the order coming up. Willingsboro, New Jersey Senior William Thomas came through with a clutch hit that allowed Wayne Sims and Jordan scoring runs to tie after a failed attempt by the Lions' catcher to throw Thomas out at second.

The Tigers and fans were ecstatic with the game now tied at four with Thomas advancing to third base.   Next, right fielder Elisha McDaniel brought in Thomas with the go ahead run after a hit on the first pitch.  The Lions made it interesting in the 9th inning as senior pitcher Jon Ortega got the first 2 outs and the Lions ended up with the bases loaded again with a walk and two hits. But, Ortega got the job done striking out Paine's cleanup hitter to seal the victory and the sweep.

The Tigers played at Eau Claire High School this weekend in front of their biggest crowd this year.

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