Rosewood handed county rival Charles B. Aycock an 11-9 loss Monday afternoon. The Eagles improved to 7-1 overall, while the Golden Falcons dropped to 2-8 overall.
The Eagles survived multiple comeback attempts by the Golden Falcons to win their sixth straight game.
“We did a good job of getting runs across,” Rosewood head coach Jason King said. “They kept threatening, but we kept finding ways to make plays here and there defensively.
“I’m proud of them for responding.”
C.B. Aycock got on the scoreboard first, Rowan Watt hit a single, and two batters later Blake Dilda hit an RBI double to give the Golden Falcons a 1-0 advantage.
However, Rosewood quickly countered.
The Eagles, led by Tanner Capps, Will Albert and Conner Casey, scored five runs in the bottom of the first inning.
“I told the guys in the first inning there’s a lot of baseball left to be played,” King said.
But the Golden Falcons refused to quit.
In the top of the second inning, Davis Carroll scored off a wild pitch to make the score 5-2. Then in the top of the fourth inning, the Golden Falcons made it a one-run game when Jakob Prebe scored off a wild pitch.
Rosewood once again quickly responded, with the bases loaded Patrick Jones hit an RBI single. Jones’ single was followed by Capps scoring a run. Casey hit a sacrifice fly, and when the dust settled Rosewood was up 9-4.
In the top of the fifth inning, the Golden Falcons pulled within two runs, when Austin Booth hit a two-RBI single.
Led by Capps’ triple in the bottom of the fifth, the Eagles increased their lead back up to five runs.
But the Golden Falcons weren’t done fighting. Watt hit an RBI single to make the score 11-7, and with the bases loaded Chris Crow nailed a two-RBI single.
With the score now 11-9, Rosewood failed to score any runs in the bottom of the sixth inning, but Logan Price struck out three of the four batters he faced in the top of the seventh, and the game was over.
“They earned the right to be a little confident, but this game can humble you really fast,” King said. “We have to approach every single inning like it’s going to be our last inning. We can’t take anything for granted, so I try to drill that home to them.
“There are some areas we need to recover from and do a bit better, but other than that I was pleased.”