The Westside Warriors put together a big two-out rally in the top of the seventh inning to edge past the Highland Rebels 6-5 in the first game of a 3-4A double-header at Ash Flat Ball Park March 10.
The Rebels were on top by two, 5-3, when the Warriors struck back.
With two down and one on in the visitor's half of the seventh, and the Warriors down to their last strike, Cogan Ford got on base for Westside with an infield hit. Josh Goodson followed that with a single that loaded the base for the Warriors. Then Ethan Clark came through with the game-winning hit for Westside. He hit a deep shot to center that cleared the bases, giving the Warriors a 6-5 lead.
The Rebels got a pair of base runners on board in the home-half of the seventh, Ben Reed with a double and Eric Roberts with a single, but they were left stranded and Westside ended game one with a 6-5 victory.
Payton Edmondson took the loss for Highland, giving up 10 hits, while fanning three, walking none and hitting one Westside batter.
Highland took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the second as Matt Schneider led off the inning with a base hit to left for the Rebs. Major Harris followed with a double to center that plated Schneider. Brad Harris drove in Major Harris with a double to the fence in right, giving Highland a 2-0 lead.
Edmondson had retired Westside 1-2-3 the first two innings, but the Warriors responded with three runs in the top of the third to move in front by a run.
Ford, Clark and Brock Johnston all had RBI-singles in the third to give Westside a 3-2 lead.
Highland didn't wait long to answer back.
Schneider started the bottom of the fourth with a double to left for the Rebels, and he was moved to third on a fielder's choice from Major Harris. Caleb Davidson smacked a double that plated Schneider for Highland's first tally of the frame. Matt Hughes then brought pinch runner Ben Markway home to score on a fielder's choice, pushing Highland back on top 4-3.
Highland ended the visitor's half of the fifth and sixth innings with a pair of slick double-plays to keep Westside at bay.
Then, the Rebels tacked on another run in the home-half of the sixth.
Major Harris racked up a hit to center to start things and he advanced on the base paths thanks to a sacrifice bunt from Davidson.
Brad Harris stepped into the box and drilled a triple to right that scored Markway, moving Highland ahead by two runs, 5-3.
But Westside was able to hang in and fashion a two-out rally in the top of the seventh to edge past Highland 6-5.
In the nightcap, the Warriors struck for six quick runs in the first two innings and topped Highland 13-3.
Brad Harris had a huge afternoon at the dish in Highland's 11-1 non-conference win over Viola March 9.
He had a single, double, homer and five RBIs to lead the Rebels to a 10-run victory. Edmondson logged two ribbies in the win for Highland.