Late rally gives Lions share of 3A-3 baseball title

Tuesday, May 6, 2014
Lion Kyle Joyner slides across home plate but is called out on the play in Manila's 10-9 victory over Harrisburg Monday afternoon.

Manila rallied from an 8-3 deficit, scoring four runs in the fifth and three more in the sixth for a come from behind 10-9 victory over Harrisburg, earning the Lions a share of the 3A-3 conference baseball title Monday afternoon at Manila.

The Hornets got on the board first with a pair of runs in the opening inning, before the Lions took the lead, scoring three times in the bottom of the second. Alex Richard's RBI double was the big blow in the inning for Manila.

Harrisburg tied things up on a solo homer off the bat of Jake Chatman in the top of the third. The Hornets took a 5-3 lead, scoring twice more in the fourth, and looked to have the game well in hand, adding three more runs in the top of the fifth to grab a five run lead. Harrisburg had a chance to do even more damage, but Manila got out of the inning, turning a 4-6-3 double play to keep the game within reach.

Manila first baseman Brett Sweatman is drilled in the back by Harrisburg pitcher Arizona Sharp during 3A-3 conference action Monday afternoon at Manila. The Lions defeated the Hornets with a come-from-behind 10-9 win.

Manila began their comeback in the bottom of the fifth. Brett Sweatman belted a two-run single before Jordan Goff bashed a run scoring double, pulling the Lions to within 8-7.

Harrisburg answered with a run in the top of the sixth for a two-run lead, but Manila roared back, scoring three times in the bottom of the inning to take the lead for good. Zac Riley's RBI single drove in Dillon May for the first run of the inning before Caleb Reinhart's fielder's choice grounder scored Shawn Scoggins with the tying run. Goff strolled to the plate and came up with his second big hit in as many innings, drilling another run-scoring two-bagger, plating Reinhart with what proved to be the winning run.

Riley, in relief of starting pitcher Scoggins, earned the win, hurling the last two innings. The senior right hander gave up just one earned run along with one hit. The Hornets threatened in the top of the seventh, putting runners on first and second with two outs. But Lion catcher Jay Kulin gunned down a would-be Hornet base stealer attempting to swipe third, ending the game.

Scoggins pitched five innings for Manila, giving up six earned runs on eight hits. The southpaw fanned three and walked three.

Goff finished the day 2-4 with two RBI and a run scored while Riley also had a pair of hits with an RBI and a run scored. Sweatman singled, drove in two runs and scored once. Richard had a run scoring double and scored once. Dillon May had an RBI single and scored once. Scoggins singled and scored a run while Kulin singled and scored twice. Reinhart finished with an RBI, two runs scored and a stolen base.

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