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Trailing 2-0 in the top of the fourth, Austin Fields and Avery Browning reached base via a walk and a hit by pitch respectively. That’s when freshman Brett Coleman came through and drilled a two run double down the left field line to tie the game at two apiece. Coleman same around to score on an errant Panther throw to hand the Pirates a 3-2 lead.

Belfry added a couple of more runs in the top of the fifth, but could have done a lot more damage than what they did. After Colton Cross led the inning off with a single, Austin Fields drew a walk to put two runners on. Junior Avery Browning then worked a walk of his own to load the bases. Sean Cochran was then hit by a pitch and received a RBI as a run came across the plate. Coleman then had a chance to come through once again, but grounded into a fielder’s choice as courtesy runner John Ashurst was nabbed at the plate. Gage Fields then worked a two out walk to bring in another run, but Belfry could not muster another as they left three on base but held a 5-2 lead.

The Panthers looked to get some of those runs back in the bottom of the inning and they did just that as they plated two runs without getting a hit in the inning. Tanner Hamilton and Nathan Brown both worked walks and were in scoring position when Brody Birchfield reached safely on an error by the Pirate first baseman Cochran that allowed the two runners to score and trim the Pirate lead to 5-4.

The Pirates looked to get those runs back in the top of the sixth as Kaleb Taylor was hit by a pitch and immediately stole second to get in scoring position That’s when senior Devin Varney delivered a clutch RBI single to left to bring in Taylor. Varney advanced to second on the throw home to put another Pirate in scoring position. Cross then dribbled a grounder to third and the Panther three bagger overthrew the first baseman to allow Cross to reach safely and allow Varney to score and give the Pirates a 7-4 lead.

In the bottom half of the sixth with their backs against the wall, Pikeville responded by putting up four runs in the frame to storm all the way back and take an 8-7 lead heading into the final inning. Kevin Justice reached safely on an error by the Pirate right fielder that let two runs score and Nate Brown had a clutch RBI triple in the big inning.

When freshman Brett Coleman reached safely on an error in the top of the seventh, the Pirates looked to make one last rally to tie the game. After a sac bunt moved the runner over to second, Taylor came through for Coach Michael Hagy and lined a single back up the middle that allowed Coleman to come across to score and tie the game at eight apiece.

With two out in the bottom of the seventh, the Pirates were one out away from sending the game to extra innings. The Panthers however had different ideas. After tanner Hamilton worked another walk, pitcher Kaleb Taylor who had come on in relief attempted to pick off the runner at first when he made an errant throw that allowed Hamilton to come all the way around to third. With Hamilton representing the winning run, Justice came through and lined a single into right field to score him and hand the Panthers the thrilling 9-8 victory.

The Pirates did most of their damage in a big four run fourth inning and never looked back. After Sean Cochran and Gage Fields led the inning off with singles, junior Kaleb Taylor continued his hot bat as he drilled a RBI single into center to score pinch runner John Ashurst and give the Pirates a 1-0 lead.