Longtime arch-rivals Biloxi and Gulfport split.a pair of exciting games over the weekend in Region 8-6 action.
And after an Admiral home win on Friday night, the Indians save their best for last at on on Saturday afternoon.
Biloxi bounced back from an 11-4 deficit going into the bottom of the sixth stanza to plate 11 runs of their own and pull out a thrilling 15-12 win at the Biloxi Sports Complex. The come-from-behind win, coupled with Tuesday’s 7-3 victory over the Admirals to open league play also at home, moved Biloxi to 2-1 and into a firstplace tie with Harrison Central in the region race.
Biloxi’s game-winning rally came on the heels of not only a 30-minute weather delay but also just after Gulfport had seemingly taken control of the contest with a six-run outburst of its own that put the Admirals up 12-4 after the top of the sixth.
Several Indians came up big at the plate in the scintillating win, as Judson Byars, Brodie Pearson and Bryson Pisarich each collected two hits and drove in three runs apiece and one of Byars’ hits was a double. Logan Fontenelle had two dits and a pair of RBIs for BHS, while Ja’Darius Hartley picked up a run-scoring double as well.
Sophomore Shawn Gullotte, the last of a trio of Biloxi pitchers, picked up the win in relief.
The Admirals got a game-high four hits from leadoff hitter Ethan Garner and he also drove in three runs including a pair with a two-run double. Gulfport also got a solo home run from Ethan Surowiec as he drove in a game-high four runs with three hits, while Braxton Williams added a trio of hits as well including a double. Joel Smith also had a pair of hits including an RBI-double.
Braxton Hignight took the loss.
On Friday, the Admirals took a 5-4 win in eight innings at home at Herbert Wilson Field to even the series up at 1-1 at that point.
Gulfport scored single runs in the bottom of the sixth, seventh and eighth innings to overcome a 4-2 Biloxi lead after four frames and pull out the win. Garner, Nicolas Williams and Surowiec each had two hits apiece and drove in a run each for the Admirals in the win, with Williams and Garner each having a double in their hit total. Nathan Edwards had a pair of key RBIs in the win for GHS.
Joel Smith picked up the win, reliving Nicolas Williams in the top of the eight and giving up a bit and a walk before securing the decision. Williams threw seven solid stanzas striking out nine and walking four.
Cameron Holt, the third of three BHS pitchers, took the tough-luck loss.
Elsewhere in Region 8-6A play Saturday afternoon, home-standing Hancock knocked off Harrison Central 14-2 in just four innings as the Hawks earned their first league win after losses to the Red Rebels on Tuesday and Friday.
On Saturday, Sean Ostheimer belted a home run and drove in a game-high five RBIs for the Hawks with two hits while Landon Shields drove in three runs for the Hawks with two hits including a double. Max Garrett also had two hits, including a double, and Gavin Necaise added a pair of hits as well.
Brandon Arcement picked up the win for Hancock, going the distance in the shortened affair.
Shaun Cochran had two hits to lead HCHS, including a double, while Tri Gughf added a double as well.