One big swing ignited a four-run rally for Mountain Home in the fifth inning, but Lockeroom was forced to rally again in its final at-bat to remain unbeaten in Zone 2 play.
Lockeroom pinch runner Kaeleb Rogers scored on a bases-loaded, two-out wild pitch in the bottom of the seventh inning to give Mountain Home a 6-5 victory over Paragould’s Glen Sain GMC in the first game of a doubleheader Tuesday on Lester White Field at Cooper Park.
Results of the non-league nightcap were not available at press time. Lockeroom — now 12-5 overall and 3-0 in Zone 2 play — returns to action at 7 p.m. Thursday at a tournament in Springfield, Mo.
Paragould starting pitcher Ty Gordon had cruised through four innings, allowing just three hits and one unearned run. But, Lockeroom rallied with a round-tripper in the fifth.
After Austin Jacobelli reached on a fielder’s choice, Sky-Lar Culver clubbed a one-out, two-run homer to left field to knot the score at 3-3. After a walk to Hayden Hall, Gordon was lifted for Drew Mullins on the mound.
Mullins walked Matt Robbins, and Brody Ninemire greeted Mullins with a double down the left-field line to score Hall for the hosts’ first lead of the day. Robbins scored on an infield hit by Jake Berton to push the Lockeroom lead to 5-3.
But, Paragould had a rally of its own in mind, leading off the top of the seventh with back-to-back infield singles. One runner was retired on a fielder’s choice, but Gordon came through with his third RBI single of the day to score one run.
With two outs, Hayden Winberry singled to right field, bringing home the tying run. After an error loaded the bases, Hall — pitching in relief of Lockeroom starter Ryan Czanstkowski — struck out Mullins to escape the jam.
Robbins reached on a bad-hop single to lead off the bottom of the seventh, Ninemire was hit by a pitch, and a fielder’s choice by Berton that did not result in an out loaded the bases with no outs.
Mullins almost escaped the jam with a flyout and a strikeout, but uncorked a two-out wild pitch that sent Rogers — running for Robbins — across the plate for the win.
Berton led Lockeroom at the plate, going 3 for 4 with an RBI, while Culver was 2 for 4 with two RBIs.
Hall earned the win, striking out three and allowing four hits — all in the seventh inning — and two earned runs over 21/3 innings. Czanstkowski struck out three and allowed six hits, three walks and three earned runs over 42/3 innings.
Mullins allowed two earned runs and five hits in the loss in relief of Gordon. Gordon allowed just four hits and two walks over 41/3 innings for Glen Sain GMC.
Paragould scored once in the top of the first as Logan Reddick walked and scored on a one-out single by Gordon.
Lockeroom knotted the score with an unearned run in the bottom of the third. Marshall Roberson singled to lead off the inning and took second on an error. After Czanstkowski reached on an error that pushed Roberson to third, Jacobelli hit a deep sacrifice fly to center field that brought home Roberson’s pinch runner, Cody McCormack.
Glen Sain GMC regained the lead in the top of the fourth as Christian Deen singled, took second on a passed ball and scored on a two-out hit by Austin Shelton to make it 2-1.
Lockeroom had runners on first and third with one out in the fourth, but Gordon coaxed a pair of pop-ups to escape the threat.
Paragould went right back to work in the fifth, slapping a pair of hits to push its lead to 3-1. Layne Ditto doubled off the left-field fence with two outs, and Gordon helped himself again with a base hit to center to bring home Ditto.
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