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  • Claiborne erases 6-0 deficit to down Prairie View

  • Claiborne 9, Prairie View 8
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  • Wiping out a 6-0 third-inning deficit, Claiborne Academy stormed back for a 9-6 victory over Prairie View on Thursday evening.
    Down 7-4 entering the sixth, the visiting Rebels (13-5) exploded for five runs.
    Successive singles by Mitchell Goodwin, Jace Eulate and Craig Prestidge loaded the bases with nobody out.
    Trouble was brewing for the Spartans (12-6).
    Trent Anders' sacrifice fly trimmed the deficit to 7-5.
    Tyler Pitson's base hit, just beyond the reach of a diving Nolan Whorton in left field, reloaded the bases. Next up, Trent Virdon was hit by a pitch, reducing the margin to 7-6.
    After Dylan Carroll was called to the mound, Alex Ruple chased Prestidge across with a game-tying infield single. Pitson then slid home safely with the go-ahead run on the play at the plate as Brock Ayers reached on a fielder's choice. With the bases still juiced, Andrew Carraway walked to force in another run, upping the Rebels' lead to 9-7.
    Carroll's one-out double to deep right drove in Cole Bryan, aboard on a leadoff error, to bring the Spartans within 9-8 in the sixth.
    Prairie View put the tying run on with one out in the seventh when Lucas Crockett walked on a seven-hit at bat after falling behind in the count 0-2.
    Answering the call to close the game out, Virdon preserved the victory with a strikeout and a game-ending comebacker.
    Prairie View appeared to have the game in hand after building a 6-0 lead with four in the second and two in the third.
    Trailing 7-2 after four, the Rebels began to chip away with two in the fifth. Brock Ayers' solo shot — a laser over the left field wall — closed the gap to 7-4.
    Pitson gave up three runs (two earned) on seven hits in 4 1/3 innings, while picking up the win in relief of Prestidge. Virdon nailed down the save.
    Ayers drove in two runs with a dinger and a double and scored twice to pace the Rebels' nine-hit production. Prestidge went 2-for-4 and Pitson, Virdon, Ruple, Goodwin and Eulate singled.
    Prairie View out-hit the Rebels 12-9 as Crockett went 3-for-3 with two RBI. Carroll banged a pair of run-producing doubles, Gray singled twice in three trips to the plate, Brandon Jacobs tripled and Bryan, Matt Reed, Drake Wilmore and Nolan Whorton singled.
    Page 2 of 2 - Jacobs was dealt the loss for the Spartans in relief of Chyenne Mayo, with Carroll finishing up.
    Note: Prairie View's home double header against Riverfield, which was rained out on March 28, has been rescheduled for Tuesday at 4 p.m. The Spartans' seniors will be recognized in a brief pregame ceremony, beginning at 3:45.
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