Claiborne 9, Prairie View 8
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.
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.