GORE – After opening up a 2-run lead in the first, the Webbers Falls Warriors found themselves trailing 8-2 after 4 innings.
Isaiah Terrell led off with a walk then some infield errors by the Bulldogs gifted the Warriors 2 runs. Terrell stole second and an overthrow of a Maddux Shelby grounder put Shelby on second and gave Webbers Falls their first run.
Shelby swiped third with Braydan Robinson at the plate. On a 2 and 2 count McCurtain pitcher Ben Bond, threw a wild pitch, scoring Shelby for the 2-0 Warrior lead.
Webbers Falls went scoreless in the following three innings while the Bulldogs were racking up runs. In the second, a Shelby error put Braydan Ward on followed by a Ben Xiong walk. With one out, Jackson Blaylock sacrificed to the pitcher Robinson putting the Bulldogs on the board 2-1.
Webbers woes continued in the third inning starting with Clayne Honeycutt getting hit by a pitch, followed by a walk to Zane Cooper. An error by Preston Rowe scored Honeycutt and a sacrifice by Ward scored KJ Wright for a 3-2 Bulldog lead.
In the top of the fourth McCurtain added on when Robinson lost the range to the plate hitting Blaylock and Honeycutt and walking Cooper to load the bases. Wright singled scoring Blaylock but the big blow was yet to come.
The next hitter, Bond, teed off over the left field fence for a home run and the Warriors trailed 8-2.
It was in the bottom of the fifth inning when Webbers Falls got the wake up call. Shelby and Robinson led off with singles. Shelby would score on a wild pitch before a Blaize Herriman sacrifice bunt advanced courtesy runner Luke Pierce to third.
Denver Morgan drew a walk followed by a Stryker Chappell single scoring Pierce and moving Morgan to third. Rowe was then hit by a pitch followed by a Gunner Carey single that that scored Morgan bringing the score to 8-5 Bulldogs.
McCurtain’s mistakes continued when Chappell scored on a passed ball and Rowe and Carey scored on an error by the Bulldogs shortstop to tie the game at 8-8.
McCurtain regained the lead in the sixth when 10 scored on a fielder’s choice off the bat of Ward, but the big rally was yet to come for the Warriors.
In the bottom of the inning Robinson led off with a single, Herriman reached on a bunt and an error Morgan singled, Chappell doubled Rowe walked and the Warriors suddenly found themselves up 12-9..
Not done yet, with one out Carey walked, Terrell reached on an error that scored Rowe and Carey and a Shelby single scored Terrell to put the Warriors up 15-9 after six innings.
McCurtain gave up 8 unearned runs over the seven innings along with 6 errors. Webbers Falls allowed 3 unearned runs and also had 6 miscues.
The win gave Webbers Falls a 3rd place finish in the tournament.