Dalton Zaremba pitched a strong four innings, and the Smith-Cotton Tigers rolled to a 14-1 victory over St. Pius X on Friday in Kansas City. The game was called after six innings because of the 10-run mercy rule.
Zaremba allowed one run on four hits with one walk and two strikeouts to pick up the victory.
Caleb Murphy was charged with the loss, yielding eight runs on five hits with two walks and one strikeout in 1 2-3 innings.
The Tigers (2-0 overall, 1-0 West Central Conference) never trailed, scoring two runs in the first, six in the second, one in the third and fifth, and four in the sixth.
Cody Kozak hit a two-run homer in the first for a 2-0 lead.
Chance McMullin, who went 2 for 4 with two RBIs and four runs scored, singled home a run in the second, another run scored on an error and two runs scored on Nick Hagedorn’s double. A.J. Paul doubled home two more runs for a 7-1 lead.
Hagedorn, who went 2 for 3 and had four RBIs and one run scored, drew a bases-loaded walk in the third. He singled home McMullin in the fifth.
In the sixth, Zaremba singled and scored on an error, Cole Simoncic singled and scored when Steven Bradbury drew a bases-loaded walk. Kozak and Dakota Brown added RBI singles.
The Tigers return to action Thursday at the Red and Blue tournament in Springfield.
The tournament will play games at Springfield high schools Glendale, Hillcrest, Kickapoo and Parkview. Cape Girardeau Central, Kearney and Springdale (Ark.) Harber will join the Tigers and the four Springfield schools.
The Tigers will open against Parkview at 4 p.m. Thursday and Hillcrest at 6:30 p.m. Thursday. Both games will be played at Parkview High School.
On Friday, the Tigers will take on Glendale at 6 p.m. at Glendale High School. They will meet Kickapoo at 10 a.m. Saturday at Kickapoo High School.