Big inning lifts Northside past Warner Robins

If Warner Robins could get a “do-over”, maybe things would have turned out different.

After all, through two innings, it and Northside were on an even keel. Both put up a goose egg in the first. The Demons scored one in the second. The Eagles scored one in the third.

So, it’s only 1-all at that point. Enter the do-over. Warner Robins erases the 12 runs Northside puts on the board in the fourth and then outscores its friendly – or not-so-friendly – opponent 3-1 in the fifth.

Back to reality.

The Eagles did indeed score those runs and went on to a 14-4 win in five. It also gave them the sweep over their cross-town rivals via a 9-1 win back on March 2.

Kaleb Kushinka was hit by a pitch to set up the Demons’ first run – the second inning. He moved to second on a passed ball and then scored on R Smith’s single. Warner Robins also left a pair on in the first whereas Northside left one on in the first and had two walks to lead off the second negated by a double play before tying it in the third. That unfolded as T Smith walked, went to second on a fielder’s choice and scored on L Walker’s single.

The Eagles went out front for good in the fourth. Cameron Staten walked. Tyler Wilson and Mitchell Upshaw both singled to load the bases. The Demons got a force out at home on the play following, but then another walk, a single another walk, double, error, hit batsman … nightmare … made it look like a merry-go-round. Northside sent 17 men to the plate during the run and picked up six of its 10 hits. Six players also had at least one of those. Austin Mathews was the leader of those. He went 3-4 with a run scored. Wilson was also 2-3 as was Upshaw. Staten was 1-1 with a second walk.

Warner Robins finished with five hits. Blake Ethridge had two and an RBI in three trips to the plate. Jeremiah Havens had one in two at bats and Robert Smith one in two at bat – with an RBI.

The Eagles used four pitchers in the effort: Staten, Wilson, Ross McDaniel and Ryan Raffield. Staten worked an inning, Wilson two, McDaniel one and a third and Raffield two-thirds. The first two gave up one hit – Staten also struck out three. The third gave up two hits and Raffield one.

Ethridge worked three and a third for the Demons. He gave up five hits, seven runs, struck out two and walked six. Ben Johnson worked a third of an inning. He was charged with three hits, six runs, while walking two, and Andrew McGee worked one and a third while giving up a hit, a run and walking one.