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April 8, 2014

H.S. Baseball: Neches scores five runs in the fifth to come back and beat Martins Mill, 6-4

PALESTINE —

The Neches Tigers’ baseball team pulled off a comeback win against Martins Mill on Tuesday afternoon in Neches, winning the game 6-4.

 

In the bottom of the fifth inning, the Tigers were down 4-1 heading into the half inning. Neches was able to load up the bases before the scoring started.

 

The Tigers’ first run of the inning came off an RBI walk. Once all Tigers had advanced a base, a passed ball forced the next run to come across, bringing the Tigers to a tie with the Mustangs.

 

Neches was able to score three more in the inning thanks to solid batting performances from Ryan Gray (2-for-4 with two singles and three stolen bases) and Scout Parrack (2-for-4 with two singles and an RBI).

 

Neches coach Jacob Magee said he was proud of the way his team was able to make a comeback in the fifth inning, even with his younger squad.

 

“It was a cat and mouse game, and we were able to come out on top,” Magee said. “My sophomores really stepped up and had great games today. Those five runs were huge for us. Martins Mill came out pretty hot in those first few innings. With this being a game for third place in the district standings and a playoff spot, to find a way to scratch and get those five runs was huge. I was proud of them on that effort.”

 

Despite giving up four runs, the Tigers had a solid outing defensively. Andrew Flowers pitched a complete game for the Tigers and had four strikeouts, including two in the latter innings to seal the win.

 

“We played one inning where we gave up three runs with some mental mistakes, but they hit the ball well that inning,” Magee said. “We just bounced back and took it in stride and didn’t let it bother us. That’s what I tell them. We have to win every inning and go pitch-to-pitch and bat-to-bat. We know we can do it, and we always have faith that we can come out here and win it on any given day.”

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