A walk-off win is always nice. A walk-off win against a county opponent on the other hand, can’t be beat.
Especially if that opponent was Veterans High and the last time you, Houston County, met on the baseball diamond, it was them taking home a 4-0 win (even though you out-hit them 3-2).
So, Tuesday’s 3-2 win for the Bears had to have been satisfying.
The two played even – understatement – for the majority of the game. Both scored a run in the second. The Warhawks’ came via Blake Etheridge’s one-out double and Matthew Nunez’s two-out single. Houston County’s came on Blake King’s leadoff single and Dylan Tabor’s two-out single.
Both also plated a run in the fifth. Veterans’ came on Kedrek Smith’s leadoff single, followed by A.J. Simpson’s two-out single. The Bears countered with back-to-back, two-out, doubles by J Profit and C Luna.
That set up the seventh – although Houston County did strand one in scoring position in the sixth. (The Warhawks went three-up-three-down both the sixth and seventh.)
The inning started with Tabor’s walk. He was sacrificed to second by C Dawson. Profit was intentionally walked to set up the force and Luna was also intentionally walked. That brought up C Jones who singled to right to bring Tabor home with the game winner.
Houston County finished with eight hits. Veterans had six. Jones was 2-4 with his RBI to lead the Bears. King was also 2-3 with the run scored. Tabor was 1-2 with the RBI and a run scored. He also had a walk.
Etheridge was 2-3 with a run scored to lead the Warhawks. Nunez was 1-3 with the RBI and Simpson 1-3 with his run batted in.
Jones pitched five innings for Houston County. He gave up the hits, runs and struck out two. Tabor worked the final two. He was perfect, with a strikeout.
Veterans used four in the effort: Hunter Varnadoe, Krane Ramey, Wild Wilkerson and Etheridge.
The Bears improved to 18-10 with the non-region win while the Warhawks fell to 8-18.
Elsewhere, it was Northside dropping an 11-4 decision to Coffee, at Coffee. That left the Eagles still looking for their first win in Region 1-AAAAAA. They are 0-10, 10-12 overall. The Trojans improved to 5-5, 11-16.
The two still have a doubleheader left to play. That was originally scheduled for Friday but has been moved to Thursday, with the first pitch set to be thrown at 3:30 p.m.