Warriors’ miscues help Indians rally for region win
by Carlton D. White
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McEachern’s Bailey Hockman drops to slide across the plate as North Cobb catcher Tyler Martin tries to apply the tag in the second inning of Wednesday’s Region 4AAAAAA game. Hockman and the Indians won a back-and-forth game to open the home-and-home series with the Warriors.
<Br>Staff photo by Jeff Stanton
McEachern’s Bailey Hockman drops to slide across the plate as North Cobb catcher Tyler Martin tries to apply the tag in the second inning of Wednesday’s Region 4AAAAAA game. Hockman and the Indians won a back-and-forth game to open the home-and-home series with the Warriors.
Staff photo by Jeff Stanton
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POWDER SPRINGS — Trey Harris scored the go-ahead run in the bottom of the sixth inning, and Alex Speas stranded a pair of runners in scoring position to earn the save and lift McEachern to a 10-9 come-from-behind victory over North Cobb in the Region 4AAAAAA opener for both teams.

McEachern (6-3-1, 1-0) rallied from a 6-1 deficit in the second inning and 9-8 in the sixth to get the win.

The Indians’ Jared Walker reached on an error to lead off the sixth and advanced to second on the play. T.J. Clark’s RBI single plated Walker to knot the contest at 9-all.

In the next at-bat, Harris reached on a fielder’s choice. He then stole second, and the cutoff throw went into the outfield, allowing Harris to reach third.

Another throwing error from the outfield to third base allowed Harris to score the go-ahead.

In all, McEachern took advantage of three North Cobb errors in the inning and six overall.

“We played so hard, I was just excited to get the win,” Harris said. “To have the game go the way it did was crazy. It went back and forth, and it was good to get that run across as insurance.

“I was so surprised at how I scored. It was the most unlikely thing to happen, but that’s baseball.”

Clark was 2-for-3 with two RBIs and a run scored for McEachern. Chase Sudduth had two RBIs, two runs scored and two walks, while Brent Alford had two hits, including a RBI double, and Walker finished 2-for-4 with a double, RBI and two runs scored. Greg Browning had an RBI double, while Zach Smith also had an RBI.

Walker led off the game with a double and scored on Clark’s groundout.

North Cobb (5-3, 0-1) rallied for six runs off two hits in the second to take a 6-1 lead.

Trevor Devine hit a two-strike, two-out double to drive in a pair of runs and put the Warriors on the board. On the next at-bat, Eli Sepnieski’s grand slam put the Warriors ahead 6-1.

McEachern chipped away at the lead in the bottom half of the inning, plating three runs behind three walks, a single and two errors. Smith’s RBI groundout scored Bailey Hockman, and Walker’s single plated C.J. Windham. Sudduth scored off an error.

The Indians grabbed an 8-6 lead in the fifth, scoring four runs off five hits, including doubles from Alford, Sudduth and Browning.

But North Cobb came back with three runs in the sixth to retake the lead at 9-8.

An error, two walks, a wild pitch and a single contributed to the rally. Andrew Eiswerth had an RBI single, and Tyler Martin’s fielder’s choice RBI knotted the contest at 8-all. Eiswerth scored on a wild pitch to give the Warriors the one-run advantage.

Walker reached second on a two-base error to lead off the bottom of the sixth, and he scored on Clark’s RBI single for a 9-all tie, setting up Harris’ opportunity to score the final run.

“We’ve benefited from the early schedule,” McEachern coach Dan Torrenti said. “We’ve been in some tight ballgames that have prepared us for this. Region games are tough, and the guys are all talented. Everybody’s giving their best swings to stay in it.”

Torrenti was glad to see Harris had the wisdom to take advantage of the Warriors’ mistakes in the field.

“He’s a talented kid who runs well,” Torrenti said. “He’s blessed with athleticism and he can put pressure on people. Fortunately, the ball got away from some guys and (Harris) scored.”

Devine batted 1-for-5 with two RBIs and two runs scored for North Cobb, while Sepnieski was 2-for-3 with four RBIs. Dustin Morrow had a single and scored, while Ryan Schmitz scored twice, singled and walked three times.

“We didn’t make the plays there when we got ahead,” said North Cobb coach Tom Callahan, who will host McEachern on Friday to close the home-and-home series. “When it’s a 10-9 slugfest, you think a big home run is what settled it, but it wasn’t. We didn’t execute the plays, and give credit to McEachern for fighting back. That’s what region play is about.”
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