Nitro loses to HHS, then beats Midland
HUNTINGTON -- Last week the Nitro Wildcats baseball squad seemed to be getting the better of Huntington High, leading 3-2 with the Highlanders coming up in the bottom of the fourth.
A powerful thunderstorm left the game at that point until it could be resumed at a time both teams could squeeze in.
That happened to be Wednesday afternoon, and it turns out the Highlanders had a heck of a rally in store for the Wildcats.
Huntington High scored four runs on four hits and an error to take a 6-3 lead going into the 5th inning.
The Wildcats didn't generate any hits or runs in the fifth and sixth innings, and Huntington High would tack on two more runs in the bottom of the sixth to go up 8-3. Nitro went three up and three down in the top of the seventh, and the Highlanders came away with a big win.
"We kind of struggled at South Charleston (Tuesday), and we came into this game thinking that was yesterday, let's move on to today," said Huntington High coach Danny Harbert. "This is a big game for us as far as the MSAC standings are concerned, and we tried to take a positive attitude and the kids came out and responded. They hit the ball well, they fielded well and they bunted well.
"In baseball, when you do the little things right, the game rewards you."
Nitro players had to put the Huntington High loss out of their minds even quicker than the Highlanders had to forget about South Charleston, immediately heading up to Ona for a full game with Cabell Midland after finishing the incomplete game in Huntington.
Whatever was said on the short bus ride up evidently worked, as a team that couldn't scratch out a run or a hit an hour earlier found itself up on the Knights 8-3 after 3 1/2 innings.
Midland committed five errors and had given up eight hits in the first four innings.
The Knights crept back, getting a run in the bottom of the fourth and two in the fifth to draw within 8-6.
Midland held Nitro scoreless in the top of the sixth, but couldn't generate any runs and left two stranded in the bottom half of the inning.
The Wildcats made the Knights pay, scoring four runs on three hits and a sixth error in the top of the seventh, extending the lead to 12-6.
Midland had a last gasp rally, getting three runs home in its last at-bat before finally bowing out in a 12-9 loss.
NITRO 213 200 4 -- 12 11 2
CABELL MIDLAND 120 120 3 -- 9 10 6
McDonough (4), Eich and Bradley, Harrison; Kinker (4), Hayes and Elkins
Hitting: (N) McDonough 4-4, 2B, 3 RBI, Eich 2-4, Bradley 2-4; (CM) Elkins 4-4, 2 3B, RBI, Wooten 2-2, Arrowood 1-1, 2B, RBI.