The Hallsville Indians gave a clinic on comeback baseball Friday night in Hallsville.
That is when they beat the visiting Eldon Mustangs 5-4 in seven innings.
Hallsville started early, getting up 1-0 in the first, after Emmett Carlos got singled on, stole second and third then got home on a Zane Burkett double.
The Mustangs hit back in the second hitting grounders off Hallsville senior starter Christian McPeak and finding holes in the Hallsville defense. Eldon finished the second ahead 2-1.
The Mustangs kept pounding and finished the fourth ahead, 4-1.
Hallsville changed the game in the fifth. Indians Head Coach Barry Koeneke switched out McPeak for Mason Huskey, a junior, who held off an Eldon surge with help from timely catches at right field and shortstop. “McPeak gave me four good innings and made Eldon work for every hit they got. Our defense behind him was just not up to speed yet,” Koeneke said.
The when it was Hallsville’s turn at bat, Koeneke told the team, “top of the order this is when we need to make it happen.”
And they did.
Cooper Crane drove in Burkett.
Dalton Whipple drew a walk off Eldon starter, freshman left-hander Ben Cline, pushing Crane to second. Then Nelson Pipes dove them both in with a sizzling center-field double to make it a 4-4 ball game.
Eldon tried to recoup by switching pitchers, replacing Cline with junior right-hander Corbin Harrison.
In the bottom of the sixth, Harrison walked Jake Ashburn. Then he walked Burkett.
Then with two out, Zane Parnell drove in Lucas Pemberton, who was pinch running for Burkett for the get-ahead run.
The rest of the game was downhill for Eldon who could not score again. Huskey struck out the last two their three batters and Burkett ended the game by catching an Eldon center-field line drive.
Hallsville is now 8-6 overall and 5-2 in conference. Eldon is now 3-16.
For more, see next week’s edition of the Centralia Fireside Guard.