In a day of come-from-behind heroics, the Huntington baseball
team (15-17, 8-8) scored four runs in the sixth to steal game one from Spring Arbor 6-5. The Cougars pieced together a four-run seventh inning in the nightcap to return the favor and claim the 4-3 win.
After pounding out five hits and taking advantage of three Forester miscues, Spring Arbor jumped out to a 4-0 in the second inning of the first game. The Foresters answered with runs in the third and fifth innings behind an RBI-double and sacrifice fly by Ryan Shell to pull within 4-2. The Cougars got one back in the top of the sixth but HU came up big in the bottom half of their frame. The rally started with back-to-back singles by Jamon Hammel and Adam Christner. With two outs, Eric Schultz drew a walk and Shell followed with an RBI-single to score Hammel. Andrew Drummond then delivered a shot to right for a double that cleared the bags and gave the Foresters their first lead of the game at 6-5. Closer Brian Kirschbaum then made sure it stuck by picking up the save.
Mitch Bowers grabbed the win for HU giving up five runs on ten hits and two walks while striking out three. Drummond had three hits and three RBI to pace the Foresters. Shell was right behind him with two hits and three RBI.
The Cougars returned the favor in the nightcap. After a scoreless five innings, Huntington finally got on the board in the sixth by plating three runs from a Cougar error and RBI-doubles by Andrew Drummond and Justin Branock. In the final inning of play, Kirschbaum stepped in looking for his second save of the day but Spring Arbor had other plans. They rallied behind four hits to score four runs to edge in front of the Foresters 4-3. HU put runners on first and second in their last at-bats but came up empty as it was the Cougars' turn to claim the come-from-behind win.
Ethan Tribolet pitched a solid six innings for the Foresters allowing only three hits and no walks. Kirschbaum recorded the loss for HU. At the plate, Jamon Hammel and Travis Frantz finished with two hits apiece.