Carrying a 7-2 lead into the bottom of the sixth inning against previously winless West Monroe South in the Dixie Youth Sub-District Tournament on Tuesday night, Morehouse appeared to be sitting pretty. But West Monroe South refused to follow the script.
Fueled by a trio of home runs, the South put together a six-run rally to stun Morehouse 8-7.
Morehouse's loss, combined with Monroe National's 2-0 victory over Monroe American in the nightcap, left West Monroe North (3-1) as the champion of the round robin tournament at Carter Park.
Instead of winning the tournament — Morehouse would have held the tiebreaker advantage over West Monroe North — the host team fell into a three-way gridlock for second with the two Monroe clubs. Having allowed the most runs in head-to-head meetings among the three second-place teams, Morehouse dropped into fourth place.
One fateful inning did Morehouse in.
With one down in the bottom of the sixth, Devin Medlin and Wes Carter deposited back-to-back jacks over the center field fence to bring the South within 7-4.
Reece Aultman followed with an infield single and Jake Smith singled and advanced on an error, leaving runners at second and third.
Gabe Fuller's RBI groundout closed the gap to 7-5 with the top of the batting order due up.
Zach Murphy then lofted his second home run of the game to straightaway center field. Clearing the fence by inches, Murphy's blast tied the game.
Representing the tying run, Abram Tarantino walked. Jon Mical Hill then laced a base hit up the middle. As Tarantino raced for third base, the throw sailed against the third base fence and Tarantino sprinted home to complete the improbable comeback.
West Monroe South jumped out to a 2-0 first-inning lead.
Murphy led off the inning with an opposite field shot over the right field fence.
Tarantino then legged out an infield hit and eventually scored as Medlin reached on a two-out error.
Morehouse sliced the deficit to 2-1 in the top of the second when Austin Carroll drew a two-out walk and circled the bases as Dillon Brown singled and made his way to third on a misplay.
Morehouse assumed control of the game with three spots in the third and fourth.
A.J. Fenceroy's two-out laser over the left field fence plated Gavin Lingefelt, aboard on a fielder's choice, to put Morehouse up 3-2 in the third.
Later in the inning, Layton Rainbolt walked, swiped second and came down the line on Brayden Spigner's base hit off the top of the left field fence.
Morehouse padded its lead to 7-2 in the fourth when Carroll reached on an error, Brown whacked an RBI single, Gage Riles walked, Jaden Davis was safe on a fielder's choice and Fenceroy supplied an RBI groundout.
Page 2 of 2 - Summoned to the mound in the fourth, Hill worked three innings of scoreless relief to gain the win in relief of Carter.
West Monroe South out-hit Morehouse 12-6. Carter went 3-for-3 with a longball, Murphy went deep twice, Tarantino went 2-for-3, Medlin connected for the circuit and Hill, Jacob Bridges, Aultman and Smith singled.
Brown and Fenceroy did most of the damage for Morehouse. Brown went 3-for-3, while Fenceroy finished with a round tripper, a single and three RBI and Spigner added an RBI single.
Jacob Farrar was dealt the loss on the mound in relief of Ryan Chain, who pitched into the sixth inning.
Friday, June 28
Monroe American 8, West Monroe South 2
Morehouse 15, West Monroe North 3
Saturday, June 29
West Monroe North 7, Monroe American 5
Monroe North 16, West Monroe South 4
Sunday, June 30
West Monroe North 14, Monroe National 13
Monroe American 4, Morehouse 3
Monday, July 1
Morehouse 8, Monroe National 5
West Monroe North 14, West Monroe South 1
Tuesday, July 2
West Monroe South 8, Morehouse 7
Monroe National 2, Monroe American 0