With four wins, including two shutouts, the Aurora Houn' Dawgs claimed another trophy for the 2018 season in the past week, this time in the 21st Annual Forsyth Tournament.
After defeating Billings 15-0 and the hosts 3-0, Aurora faced potential district foe Hollister on Monday for the chance to play in the tournament final.
Vistors on the scoreboard, the Tigers drew first blood in the top of the second, as Austin Erickson gave up back-to-back hits to make it 1-0. But two pitches into the bottom of the inning, the Dawgs tied the score on a home run by Gage Singer.
Hollister loaded the bases in the top of the third but couldn't push a run across, and eventually the Houn' Dawgs added a second run in the bottom of the fourth. After leading off with a single, Blake Williams came in to score on a double by Erickson to make it 2-1.
The Tigers again loaded the bases in the fifth but couldn't capitalize, and Aurora added another run in the bottom of the frame. Hollister played small ball in the sixth to push a run across and make it a 3-2 game, but the Dawgs added an insurance run in their half of the inning.
The 4-2 lead held through another half-inning, giving the Houn' Dawgs their 23rd win of the year and sending them to the championship game against Strafford.
In Tuesday's tournament final, Singer went the distance with a one-hitter on the mound and drove in a pair of runs with a double in the first, which would be more than enough to take down the Indians.
The Dawgs would add a third run in the sixth on a double by Erickson, and after recording six more outs on defense would lift the trophy with a 3-0 win.
Singer hit two doubles for two RBI on the day, while Matthew Miller and Erickson added two hits each. The junior pitcher threw seven innings, gave up one hit, three walks and struck out 12 batters.
After one final regular season game at Branson on Thursday, the Houn' Dawgs will enter Class 4, District 11 play as the top seed. They will face the winner of the Rogersville/Reeds Spring game at 4:30 on Monday afternoon. The tournament will again be held in Hollister, with the championship game at 5 p.m. on Tuesday.