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Bearcats stage miraculous rally

From Staff Reports

GRAFTON -- Because of Grafton's tenacity, the Bearcats' season goes on for at least one more game.

Trailing South Harrison 10-0 in the bottom of the fourth Tuesday night, Grafton drew to within 12-6 entering the bottom of the seventh.

There, the Bearcats rallied for nine runs to beat the Hawks 15-12 and force a third game in the Class AA Region II, Section 3 tournament.

"I told our seniors to basically take over," said Grafton coach Terry Cole. "They really kept their composure and refused to lose. We didn't want our season to end tonight."

The way the Bearcats (10-9) completed the improbable rally conjured up some of the best Hollywood scripts.

Trailing 12-11 with two outs and the bases loaded, T.J. Amyl took the 2-2 offering over the 370 mark in left-center for a grand slam.

"I really didn't feel that much pressure up there," Mayle said. "He kind of surprised me with the pitch, but it was right over the plate, and when it left the bat, I knew that I had hit it pretty good."

Mayle's heroics overshadowed Mike Lowther's performance for the Hawks.

Lowther went 3-for-4 with two home runs and three RBIs.

"It's up to the kids as to how we respond, but I think that they will come out eager and ready to play," said South Harrison coach Brad Nutter.

· GILMER COUNTY 5, Notre Dame 2: Gilmer County used Lance Woodford's pitching and five Notre Dame errors to earn a win in their Class A, Region II, Section 1 winner's-bracket game at Frank Loria Memorial Field.

The Titans (21-3) used their speed and an Irish miscue to take a 2-0 first-inning lead.

Jeremiah Phares led off with an infield single, stole second and scored on Tommy Hamric's RBI single to center. Hamric scored the second run on the Irish error after stealing second and moving to third on a fly out.

The score stayed that way until the top of the third inning when Woodford made his only mistake of the game. Chris Drain walked and scored on Chris Hall's long two-run home run to left field to tie the game at two.

The Titans quickly regained the lead in the bottom half of the third when Frashure scored on Josh Godfrey's RBI single to right.

Three Notre Dame errors gave Gilmer County an unearned run in the fourth to extend the lead to 4-2. The Titans then added an insurance run in the fifth when Dusty Ellyson walked with the bases loaded.

Meanwhile, Woodford was in complete control most of the evening. He went the distance to get the win, giving up two runs on five hits, while striking out five and walking two.

Josh Riffle also tossed a complete game for Notre Dame, giving up five runs, three earned, on 10 hits. He struck out six and walked three.

Hall paced the Irish with a 2-for-4 showing at the plate with a home run and two RBIs.

Hamric and Ellyson led the Titans' 10-hit attack with two hits apiece.

Notre Dame (22-10) will now take on Doddridge County in a loser's bracket contest today at 7 p.m. at Frank Loria Memorial Field.


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