What had been a pitcher’s duel turned into a hitting display for Mountain Home Lockeroom in the sixth inning Tuesday night.
After Batesville had tied it at 1-1 in the top of the sixth, Lockeroom responded with seven runs on six hits in the bottom half to take an 8-1 victory over the Highwaymen in Zone 2 American Legion Baseball action at Lester White Field.
Lockeroom — now 16-6 overall and 4-0 in Zone 2 play — returns to action at 5:30 p.m. Thursday when it faces Hillcrest, Mo., in the Glen Winget Memorial Tournament at Bartlesville, Okla.
Mountain Home’s Sky-lar Culver used his speed to stretch a double to lead off the bottom of the sixth, and after Hayden Hall was hit by a pitch, both runners moved up on a wild pitch. Brody Ninemire walked, and Culver crossed the plate on a passed ball as Mountain Home retook the lead.
Hall scored on another passed ball by Batesville for a 3-1 lead, and Matt Robbins followed with a single to left. Robbins moved to second on a fly ball, but Ninemire was retired for the second out after a rundown.
Marshall Roberson reached on an error to place runners at the corners, and after Roberson stole second, Kyle Stephens drilled a double down the left-field line to score a pair, stretching the lead to 5-1.
Austin Jacobelli drove home Stephens with a base hit up the middle. Cole Anderson drew a walk, Culver singled to load the bases for his second hit of the inning, and Hall drove home a pair with a double to the center-field fence, pushing the lead to 8-1.
Hall earned the victory in relief of Ryan Czanstkowski, striking out two over 1 2/3 hitless innings.
Czanstkowski struck out five, walked one and hit two batters. The right-hander allowed three hits and one earned run over 5 1/3 innings.
Joey Woosley took the loss for Batesville, scattering six hits and six runs — three earned — over 5 2/3 innings. The righty struck out five and walked two.
Aside from Ninemire belting a fastball over the left-field wall with one out in the bottom of the second inning, each starting pitcher was superb until the sixth.
Lockeroom had two aboard with one out in the fourth, but a groundout and strikeout got Woosley out of the jam.
The Highwaymen received back-to-back, one-out singles to center field by Tristan Tate and Ronnie Jeffrey in the top of the sixth, and after Logan Holman was hit by a pitch to load the bases, Czanstkowski was replaced by Hall on the mound.
Heath Fortson — a member of the Twin Lakes Classic’s all-tournament team when the Highwaymen played at Cooper Park earlier this season — hit a fielder’s choice to second base that scored Tate with the tying run, but Hall used another fielder’s choice to get out of the inning.
Culver went 2 for 4 and Hall was 2 for 3 with two RBIs to lead Lockeroom at the plate.
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