Back and forth the James Buchanan Rockets went with Hedgesville (W.Va.) on Monday afternoon in a non-league baseball game.
After one inning, Hedgesville led 4-0; by the end of the second, the Rockets were ahead 6-4. Six outs later, JB held onto a 10-7 lead.
By the end of the game, James Buchanan held off a late Eagle rally and claimed a 14-13 victory.
"It was really crazy there at the end," JB coach Dave Sanchez said. "We were lucky to walk away with the victory. We got a couple of really good plays by (shortstop) Jared Pine in the last inning to save us."
The Rockets (2-0) led 14-11 heading into the final frame, but allowed a pair of runs to make it an even narrower victory.
Heavy hitting continued for JB, which now has a shocking 35 hits through two games. Against Hedgesville, JB finished with 16 hits, including seven extra-base hits. Wyatt Chilcote and Toby Sowers each had a pair of doubles. Sowers knocked in four runs, while Zane Bray finished 3-for-4 with two RBIs.
"The hitting is definitely something to be happy about," Sanchez said. "Pitching, we need to do a lot better of getting ahead and throwing strikes, making them put the ball in play."
Waynesboro 7, South Western 1: Waynesboro stayed on a roll with a 7-1 non-league victory. Clay Wolfe scattered six hits in the complete-game victory. Matt Peck had three hits, and Brady Riddell smacked a two-run triple. Cody Cline, Kyle Hoffman and Francisco Maya all had two hits for the Indians (4-0).
Cumb. Valley Christian 12, Heritage 11: Spencer Propst tied the game with a double and Austin Garcia won it with a base hit as the Blazers (1-1, 1-0 MDCC) rallied for 4 runs in the bottom of the seventh inning. Garcia was 4-for-5 and David Bolich was 2-for-4 with 3 RBIs.
Chestnut Ridge 14, Fannett-Metal 5: Falling behind 8-1 after the first inning was more than Fannett-Metal could overcome in an SHL loss. Cole Funk stayed hot for the Tigers (0-3, 0-3 SHL), going 2-for-3 with a double and two RBIs.
Shalom Christian 19, Calvary 3: Shalom got itself into the win column with a three-inning MDCC defeat of Calvary. The Flames (1-3, 1-3 MDCC) needed only seven hits to do it - Jake Holderman and Chase Martin each had a pair of hits.
Waynesboro 19, South Western 1: It took only three innings for Waynesboro to claim its second straight non-league victory, this time over South Western. The Maidens (3-2) racked up 19 hits, including 4 from Nicole Kreimer and 3 apiece by Katie Wise, Jenna Powell and Chelsea Cover.
“We continued to play at a high level,” Maiden coach Aaron Burke said. “The girls hit the ball to all fields tonight and baserunning was great. Right now, we just continue to get better each day and have some fun.”
Chestnut Ridge 6, Fannett-Metal 5: Despite leading 4-1 after the first inning, Fannett-Metal couldn’t keep up the pace and lost an SHL game to Chestnut Ridge. Emily Metcalfe led the Tigers (3-2, 1-2 SHL) with two hits and three RBIs.
Heritage 2, Cumb. Valley Christian 0: Heritage broke a scoreless halftime tie with a pair of goals in the second half of an MDCC game. The Blazers (0-1) had 8 shots, compared to just 6 for Heritage.
“I was very pleased with how we prepared for and executed during the match,” CV Christian coach Paul Lundy said. “We moved the ball well and controlled possession; they were able to finish on their opportunities whereas we are still looking to connect and find the back of the net.”
Shalom Christian 5, Calvary 1: The Flames (3-1, 3-1 MDCC) outshot Calvary 27-1. Brooke Emge and Sarah Priest each scored 2 goals and Lexy Poe had 1. Poe, who had 2 assists, scored her goal directly on a corner kick.