HUNTINGTON — St. Albans is the defending Class AAA high school baseball champion in West Virginia, but hasn't conquered Cabell County.
In the bottom of the 12th inning Thursday night, Bryson Parker laced an opposite-field single to right field, driving in Bryce Carter with the winning run to give Huntington High (11-12) an 8-7 victory over the Red Dragons (16-8) at Cook-Holbrook Field.
The loss was the second in as many nights for St. Albans, which was no-hit by Cabell Midland pitcher Madison Jeffrey in a 13-0 loss Wednesday.
Parker, who went 3 for 7 with two runs batted in, became the hero after Carter reached on a two-base error off a dropped fly ball. Carter moved to third on a ground out to second by Trey Straub. One out later, Andy Legg walked, setting up Parker's winning base hit that made a winner out of reliever Nolan Cyrus.
The Highlanders led 7-2 through five innings, but St. Albans sent 10 betters to the plate and scored five runs in the top of the sixth to tie it. The big blow was a two-run, two-out single by Nick Loftis to score Jake Carr and Casey Kemplin.
Both teams threatened several times the rest of the way, but came up empty. The Red Dragons even loaded the bases with one out in the eighth inning, but Cyrus struck out Noah Cummings and coaxed Nic Feazelle to fly out to left field.
For Huntington High, J.J. Mercer went 2 for 6 with two RBIs. Trey Straub was 2 for 6.
The Highlanders return to action at noon Saturday at Riverside.