Bearcats rally falls short

Published 4:35 pm Tuesday, March 17, 2009

A seventh-inning rally that produced one run and concluded with the bases loaded fell just short here Friday night as the Bainbridge High School Bearcats bowed 6-4 to the Harris County High School Tigers.

Trailing 6-3 going to the bottom of the seventh, the final rally was ignited by Dee Friday with a hard ground single up the middle.

Friday went to second when Drew Day beat out an infield hit to short. The runners moved up to second and third on a wild pitch.

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With one away, Diante Smith was hit by a pitch loading the bases. Right fielder Jeremy Coram then stepped to the plate and hit a long sacrifice fly to center as Friday tagged up and scored.

Catcher Bryan Digby walked to load the bases before the final out was recorded.

The Tigers took a 2-0 lead in the top of the second. Tyler Maxwell started the rally, drawing a two-out walk off right-hander Coram on a 3-2 pitch. He moved to second when Davis Wright followed with a ground single to left. Both runs scored when Ryan Hudson drilled a double to right.

The Bearcats tied it up 2-2 in the bottom of the fourth. Leadoff hitter Brandon Young’s hard grounder to second could not be handled and he reached first. He moved to second when Tyler Hutchins followed with a single to left.

Coram followed with a double, driving in Young and sending Hutchins around to third. Brian Digby followed with a walk, loading the bases. With Ryan Wade at the plate, Hutchins came in to score on a wild pitch.

Harris County reclaimed the lead in the top of the fifth, scoring three to go up 5-2. Neal Chambless reached on an error to open the inning and came around to score on an error. A wild pitch and catcher’s interference call produced the inning’s final two runs.

The Bearcats cut it to 5-3 with a run in the bottom of the fifth. Friday singled to left, moved to second on a walk to Day and came in on an RBI single to right by Coram.

The Tigers scored their final run in the top of the seventh. It was scored by Maxwell, who was hit by a pitch. He went to second on a wild pitch, moved to third on a ground out and scored on a wild pitch.