Tyler Myrick throws a pitch during Columbia’s 5-0 loss to Chiles at home Friday night. Myrick gave up two runs before being relieved in the fifth inning and suffered the loss as the Tigers fell to 0-4 on the season (photo by THOMAS RICKS/Special to the Reporter).

Columbia falls to 0-4 with loss to Chiles.

Tigers register just one hit as slump continues.

 

Both teams took the field starving for their first win of the season.

But unproductive trips at the plate, time and time again, made the Tigers' fourth-straight loss seem inevitable.

Chiles' pitcher Garrett Mathes kept the Tigers quiet, striking out nine batters and giving up only one hit.

Columbia had no answer for the junior ace, falling 5-0 to Chiles Friday night.

"He kept us off-balance," Columbia coach Heath Phillips said. "They got a good ball club over there. It's been that way since I've been here [but] we got to put together innings, at-bats. I thought we pitched really well — Tyler [Myrick] and the bullpen. We just got to get the bats going."  

After four scoreless innings, the pitching duel between Myrick and Mathes took a turn in the fifth inning.

Myrick retired 12 straight Chiles batters before the Timberwolves suddenly tallied four straight hits.

Chiles' AJ Graganella and Tommy Kinney registered back-to-back RBI singles to push the Timberwolves to a 2-0 lead.

Myrick, above his pitch count, was subsequently relieved by Tyler Morgan.

Morgan's appearance was short-lived as first baseman Jordan Culp took over pitching duties in the sixth.

But Culp couldn't stop the bleeding, giving up the Timberwolves' third run in just a couple of minutes.

He was replaced by Jeremy Garnier after Chiles pinch-hitter Kyle Robbins scored a run early in the seventh. 

Chase Hatfield's RBI single, on the ensuing at-bat, added insult to injury.

Chiles (1-2) picked up its first win of the season while Columbia (0-4) tries to earn one when it hosts Fort White Monday night.

"I'm excited," Phillips said. "We're 0-4 but I'm not worried about it. Those four are going to be the hardest games we play all year. Would I like us to be hitting the ball better? Of course. But defensively and pitching wise, some guys are starting to have some good innings. We need to get ready for districts."

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