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The Daily Register - Harrisburg, IL
  • Prep Baseball: ‘Dogs Rally ... Again

  • Harrisburg pulls off dramatic come-from-behind win over Carmi-White County
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  • The Harrisburg High School baseball team never led in their game with Carmi-White County Wednesday — until it mattered.
    The Bulldogs scored the game-winning run in the ninth inning to knock off CWC 8-7 in prep action at Dorris Heights.
    The non-conference win makes Harrisburg 9-6 on the season, while the Bulldogs have won six of their last seven and three in a row.
    More importantly, Harrisburg improved to 6-0 on home turf as the Bulldogs prepares to play host to Benton Thursday at 4:30 p.m.
    Brady Mayer picked up the win, as he was the seventh Harrisburg pitcher used on the day.
    Mayer (1-0) pitched a scoreless ninth where he struck out one.
    Bryce Emery started the game, going 2 2/3 of an inning and was followed by Aaron Johnson (two innings), Logan Boon (1/3), Brennan Street (2/3), Ryan Luce (1 2/3) and Blake Buchanan (2/3).
    On the day, the Harrisburg pitching staff combined to walk and hit 12 batters, eight of which came via walk.
    Offensively things were better for the Bulldogs, who combined for 10 hits on the day as Mayer finished 3-for-5 with a pair of RBI, while Matthew Phipps and Cooper Thompson each went 2-for-4. Sykes Thompson, Noah Vallette and Luce all had one hit. Vallette had two RBI, while Street and Cooper Thompson each had one.
    The Bulldogs tied the game at 3-all in the bottom half of the third, scoring a pair of runs as Cooper Thompson’s RBI single to left field scored Mayer, while Vallette came through with a sacrifice-fly to score Sykes Thompson.
    Carmi-White County (9-3) took a 7-3 lead after the top portion of the sixth inning before the Bulldogs started one of their patented rallies.
    The ‘Dogs scored two runs in the bottom of the sixth, plating Emery and Mayer and Harrisburg knotted the game at all with two more runs in the bottom of the seventh as a wild pitch allowed Vallette to tie the score.
    With two outs in the bottom of the ninth, Street and Nick Davis both reached via error, which was followed by a Emery walk. With Mayer up to bat, Mayer was hit by a pitch to score Tyler Sullivan, who was pinch running for Street.
    The game took three hours to complete and was highlighted by seven errors from Carmi-White County. CWC committed five miscues after the fifth inning and Harrisburg finished with five, committing none after the fifth inning.
    Michael Dann can be reached at mdann@dailyregister.com. Follow on twitter: @spydieshooter
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