After losing three straight, it appeared Veterans would add a pair of wins – the first of those a 6-3 victory over Warner Robins on Tuesday – and finally get back to .500.
Howard spoiled that. The Huskies, Wednesday at Veterans, exploded for 10 runs in the seventh to rally past the Warhawks 16-8. (Veterans is now 4-6 instead of 5-5. The Huskies are 5-4.)
Veterans, on just four hits – Howard finished with nine – jumped out to a 3-0 lead with a trio in the second. The Huskies scored one in the fourth and then took a 6-3 lead with five in the fifth. The Warhawks answered that with a pair and then went out front with three in the sixth.
The seventh started with a walk, two singles, another walk and two more singles. Howard had a 9-8 lead by the time that played out. Another walk, a sacrifice fly, hit by pitch, another sacrifice fly and then back-to-back-to-back errors – three of six; Howard had three – opened the floodgates again.
The Warhawks used seven pitchers in the effort.
Hunter Varnadoe fared the best. He worked the first two innings without a hit and striking out one. Jackson Williams relieved him and did well in his two innings. He gave up three hits, a run, struck out two and walked two. From there it was basically a coach’s nightmare.
Elsewhere, Houston County beat Perry 6-1 on the two-hit pitching of Jaden Woods (three innings, one run, eight strikeouts and four walks) and Dylan Tabor (four innings, two strikeouts and two walks).
Cameron Jones, Corbet Luna, Coleman Willis and Jeremy White each had a pair of hits – the Bears had nine in all – to help lead the offense. Houston County scored three in the third and three in the sixth. Perry’s came in the second. Jones was 2-3 with two scored, Luna 2-4 with two scored, Willis 2-4 with an RBI and White 2-4.
Jayden Chance (1-1) and Jackson Nipper (1-2) accounted for Perry’s hits.
The Bears improved to 4-3-1. The Panthers fell to 2-3.
Also, Northside beat Peach County 15-6 on the road to improve to 5-1. The game took only five innings, with both scoring one in the first but the Eagles pulling away with four in the second, six in the third and four in the fourth. The Trojans scored three in the third and two in the fifth. They were out-hit 10-7.
The top four in Northside’s lineup accounted for 10 of its runs. Javier Rodiguez was 1-3 with a walk, two driven in and three scored. Jacob Catey was 1-3 with two walks. He drove in three and scored three times. Tyler Wilson was 1-3 with three driven in and Hunter Price 2-4 with two RBIs.