Posted: Thursday, April 10th 2014 at 1:09am
North Hall survives resilient late inning surge by East Hall, sweeps series
By Luke Story Staff
RABBITTOWN - Rivals North Hall and East Hall went to war on the playing field Wednesday in a seven inning battle that resulted in the Trojans surviving a late inning comeback by the Vikings, claiming a hard fought 15-12 Region 8 AAA win.
“When we got pushed to the test there at the end we were able to separate and give us the cushion we needed to win,” said North Hall coach Trent Mongero.
That ability to separate was founded on the Trojans performance at the plate, combining for a team total of 15 hits on the night against four different East Hall pitchers.
“The offense really got going fast and maintained until about the fourth inning,” said coach Mongero
Early on it looked as though North Hall had things under control, capturing a 10-0 lead by the fourth inning.
The Trojans' offense was jumped started in the first inning when Micah Stickland (3 for 5 on the night, with a 3 run home run) crushed a deep fly ball to right field for a stand up triple, later scoring on an East Hall error. The Trojans would score two more runs in the inning courtesy of a Corbin Lewallen (2 for 4 on the night) RBI single, scoring Lincoln Hewett (2-5 on the night, 3 runs scored) who reached on the Vikings error and a double by Stephen Murray (2-5 on the night) would score Lewallen from second, the final run in the inning.
North Hall would tack on five runs in the second inning, three of which came from a towering three run home run from the bat of junior Micah Strickland - Taber Mongero and Andrew Smith (2 for 5 on the night, 1 single, 1 triple) would score on the Strickland bomb.
In the third inning the Trojans would reach double digits, with a 10-0 lead. In the inning, Smith would triple, later scoring on a McCoy Savage single, while Savage would steal his away around the bases, eventually scoring on a Hewett sacrifice fly.
The battle heated up in the fourth as the Vikings sparked their comeback, matching the Trojans with two runs in the inning. Jack Hagwood (4 for 5 on the night, 4 singles, 3 runs scored) singled to start the inning, scoring on the next play – a Triston Cooper (2 for 4 on the night, 2 runs scored) double to left field. Cooper would later scored on a Jacob Cash (4 for 5 on the night, 3 singles, 1 triple) single.
North Hall would score its two runs in the inning on an East Hall error and a Strickland RBI double.
The Vikings attack on the Trojans’ lead was at full force by the fifth inning, an inning that started with a solo home run shot by East Hall’s Hunter Buffington (3 for 5 on the night, 3 runs scored) and ended with five East Hall runs on five hits to cut the lead to 12-7.
Relentless, the Vikings would hold the Trojans scoreless in the sixth ending and would capitalize at the plate scoring four runs. Two of the Viking runs in the inning were scored off Trojan errors, while the other two runs were scored on another RBI single by Hagwood and a Jesse Cooper RBI single.
Going into the top of the seventh inning East Hall had brought the game back to within one run at 12-11.
“We knew that we were going to have to give it all we had to bring home the win in the seventh,” said coach Mongero.
Tomorrow, both teams will break from play for a day before resuming action on Friday. North Hall will travel to Region 8 AAA foe Fannon County, while East Hall will host Region 8 AAA leader Buford.
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