KEYSTONE HEIGHTS – A five-run fourth inning fueled by a massive double from Cole Mattox gave the Keystone Heights High baseball team to a come-from-behind 6-4 win over North Marion Tues., Feb. 27 …
KEYSTONE HEIGHTS – A five-run fourth inning fueled by a massive double from Cole Mattox gave the Keystone Heights High baseball team to a come-from-behind 6-4 win over North Marion Tues., Feb. 27 at Keystone Heights High School.
Keystone Heights, improved to 1-2, fell behind 3-1 on a three run double in the second inning off Indians’ pitcher Trey Alsabrook after Alsabrook loaded the bases a walk, a single and a bunt.
From there though, with the Indians first run coming from first inning double from Andrew Cox with Connor Osteen on base from a single, Keystone Heights locked down on defense behind outfielders Kaison Harvey and Stevie Rodriguez, both who snagged long fly balls near the home run fence.
In the third, Alsabrook, the starting pitcher, answered a long foul ball by North Marion batter Jake Blair with a swinging strikeout of Blair and a strikeout of Wyatt Campbell before an outstanding pickup by Keystone Heights third baseman Nate Gagnon on a wicked ground ball ended the inning with the Indians dugout energized.
In the bottom of the fourth, Keystone Heights opened with Harvey smashing a double to right field and Cox singling to bring Harvey in for a run. An error on a grounder by Gary Searle scored Cox and an error on a grounder to Mason Henson put in another Indian run. Will Yeldell struck out, but Mattox again hit big with a two run single pushing the score to 5-4. A sacrifice bunt from Colten Crane position Mattox at second base where Rodriguez sliced a single through the six hole to score the game at 6-4.
With Searle on the mound, Keystone Heights squashed North Marion’s fifth inning offense with three strikeouts.
In the bottom of the sixth, Keystone Heights loaded the bases with a Mattox single, a Pete Rose-like dive at first by Crane on a brilliant first base line bunt and sprint and Rodriguez getting hit by a pitch. The Indians, though, could not capitalize with Osteen whiffing and Gagnon and Cox both flying out.
In their final at bat, North Marion got ejected with another brilliant scoop and throw from Gagnon and a flyout to Crane at shortstop.