MARIETTA — Hillgrove scored three runs in the sixth and three more in the seventh to earn a 10-5 come-from-behind victory over Marietta in Region 3AAAAAAA play on Tuesday.
The victory was the Hawks’ first region victory of the season.
Brandon Etter opened the sixth with a triple to begin the Hawks’ first rally. Jack Tilton drove in Etter, followed by a two-run home run from Lorenzo Atwell to make it 7-5.
“Answering at the top of the sixth and Atwells two-run homer gave a lot of energy to the team and helped us find some confidence,” Hillgrove coach Dave Richardson said.
The Hawks (7-15, 1-9) added three more runs in the seventh. Connor Hendrix brought home Brody Hollingsworth. Tilton followed with a two-run double to send home Seth Wright and Etter.
“It’s fun to see the kids have better approaches at the plate and be more aggressive and have some confidence in themselves,” Richardson said. “I thought we had good at bats all night but we found a lot of barrels and forced them to make extra pitches.”
Hillgrove scored a run during the first inning off a Marietta error. The Hawks took a 4-0 lead in the top of the third. Cameron Powser’s two-run double to left scored Tilton and Jason Hayden. Zach Wieder then added an RBI, plating Powser.
The Blue Devils (10-13, 2-8) took the lead in the bottom of the fifth by scoring three runs. Derek Averill brought home Nick Musgovoy. Marietta then took advantage of a Hillgrove error to plate CJ Gordon and Gibson Vought.
The Hawks will travel to Lambert on Thursday, while Marietta will travel to Heritage.
“Hopefully, we can continue to play well down the stretch and gain confidence so that our young kids a year from now will be better prepared,” Richardson said.