PORTSMOUTH – The Portsmouth Trojans started Ohio Valley Conference play Monday evening with a close win over the Coal Grove Hornets.
A total of 25 runs crossed the plate in the game, but after the last Hornet was called out in the seventh inning, the Trojans had edged the Hornets 13-12.
Coal Grove got out to a quick start over Portsmouth, scoring two runs in the first inning, and then added another three runs in the second.
As the game entered the third inning Coal Grove continued to roll, adding another pair of runs in the top of the inning.
Portsmouth faced a big deficit when they sent their first batter to the plate in the bottom of the third inning. Trailing 7-0, Portsmouth needed to get some runners across the plate before the game would get too far out of hand.
The offense came alive for Portsmouth, as the Trojans put together four hits in the bottom of the third, scoring two runs, as Mikey Potts and Blake Wedebrook crossed the plate, cutting the Coal Grove lead to five runs, 7-2.
In the fourth inning Coal Grove responded to Portsmouth’s runs by getting one back, as they had one run cross the plate.
The Trojans brought their deficit back down to five runs in their half of the fourth inning, 8-3.
Coal Grove was able to score another two runs in the fifth inning before Portsmouth was able to end the inning.
Portsmouth refused to give up, despite trailing seven runs, 10-3 going into the bottom of the fifth inning.
Ryan Williams got things started for the Trojans in the fifth with a single. Jonah Scott was walked, and gave Portsmouth runners on first and second with no outs.
The next three batters, Dylan Mullins, Zach DeLotell, and Reese Johnson were also walked, which brought in Williams and Scott for a pair of scores.
Ty Oliver then hit in another run after hit flew out to the center fielder.
With only one out, and three runs scored, the game’s momentum began to swing over in favor of the Trojans.
Vincent Schwamberger came up to bat, and knocked in the Trojans fourth run of the fifth inning after a single.
Schwamberger would later score in the 11-batter inning, as the Trojans cut the seven run lead of the Hornets to only two runs, 10-8, as the game went into the sixth inning.
In the top of the sixth inning, the Hornets were able to put the Trojans’ big inning behind them by scoring two runs in the inning. As the game transitioned into the bottom of the sixth inning, Coal Grove extended their lead to four runs, 12-8.
The bottom of the sixth inning would be the biggest inning for the Trojans.
After a throw-out to the first baseman, Portsmouth’s offense began a rally. DeLotell started the rally with a single, followed by a double from Johnson. Oliver would bring in DeLotell and Johnson with a single. Schwamberger and Potts followed with walks. Before the end of the inning, Oliver and Schwamberger would also cross the plate to give the Trojans a 13-12 lead, heading into the seventh inning.
For the first time in the entire game, Coal Grove went three up and three down, after a fly out in center and then two strikeouts, securing the come from behind win for the Trojans.
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