KENNESAW — McEachern survived a seventh-inning surge for a 5-4 win Friday at North Cobb.
The win allowed the Indians (7-6, 2-1) to win the Region 3AAAAAAA rivals’ three-game series.
“We’ve had a heck of a week,” North Cobb coach Tom Callahan said. “Every game has been intense. Every pitch has been pretty intense.”
McEachern won the series opener 4-3 on Monday, with North Cobb flipping the score Wednesday.
In Friday’s game, McEachern led 5-2 heading into the bottom of the sixth, but a pair of runs scored by North Cobb’s Christian Tetrault and Harry Ford cut the deficit to 5-4.
North Cobb’s Zach Lewis was tagged stealing second, ending the run for the Warriors (7-8, 1-2).
“We had a couple opportunities that we didn’t take full advantage of,” Callahan said. “I felt like our guys competed, and their guys certainly did, too. It was a fun series.”
After a McEachern ended the first inning with a 3-2 lead, the Indians’ defense proved to be too much for the Warriors, who were held hitless in four innings.
“We talk about being relentless — never taking a pitch off,” said Karlton Schilling, a former McEachern player and assistant in his first year as head coach. “Staying aggressive from the basepaths, we’re going to get thrown out, but we’re going to continue to pound in the zone”
McEachern’s Victor Scott was 2-for-3 with a home run in the first inning, giving him his three RBIs, while Jhayden Poole and Wyvis Cook each had one RBI.
Lewis was relived after six innings by Andrew Martinez, who closed out the game for the Warriors with no runs or hits. Lewis took the loss.
“(Lewis is) a kid who competes in battles and proved it because he worked his way out of the fifth and kind of limited some of the damage.” Callahan said
Scott got the win for McEachern, while Poole came in to close out the Warriors and get the save.
“We got some things going in the right direction, having another pitcher come in and execute off the mound on seven pitches to close it down, against a really, really good team,” Schilling said.
North Cobb’s Gavin Rose finished 1-2 with two RBIs. Ford and Lewis both each ended the night with one RBI.
McEachern will step out of region play today at East Paulding, while North Cobb will begin another region series by hosting Marietta on Monday.