(Photo by David Jenkins, Staff)
CHARLESTON -- The Charleston Fighting Squirrels defeated the visiting Jackson Sr. Babe Ruth team 7-4 on Tuesday evening after breaking away from a tie in the middle innings.
The Squirrels gained an early 4-0 lead after the third inning but the next half inning saw Jackson climb back in to contention with a four-run top of the fourth.
In the bottom half, however, Charleston pushed across the eventual game-winner when an error in the Jackson infield allowed Josh Overbey to make it a 5-4 game in favor of the Squirrels.
"Whenever you give up four runs in an inning, it's always tough to come back and battle," Charleston coach Matt Bucher said. "They came back in and revamped and looked for good pitches to hit."
The Squirrels tacked on two more in the bottom of the fifth when three consecutive hits, including back-to-back triples from both Brandon Peters and Leff Long, led to the 7-4 final.
Charleston's Ethan Browning received the start and went 3 1/3 innings. Reliever Jesse Schott earned the win after replacing Browning during a bases loaded situation that led to the tie in the fourth.
Browing, who was aggravated by blisters on his pitching hand, gave up four runs, three earned, on two hits and eight walks.
"He went out there and gave it the best he had," Bucher said about Browning. "It's hard for him to throw a breaking ball with his fingers like that but, he threw strikes for the most part and got guys out. That's all that we needed."
Schott pitched the remaining 3 2/3 innings giving up no runs on three hits.
"He's starting to fix his problems," Bucher said. "He's starting to get comfortable on the mound again. He's throwing strikes and he's throwing well so, we definitely like to see that."
The Squirrels were led by Long at the plate who had three hits and four RBIs. Peters added two hits while Sam Johnson, Browning, Dustin Brister and Schott all chipped in one hit apiece to make up the nine total hits by Charleston.
Jackson scattered five hits with Alex Beussink, Austin Mueller, Matt Stueve, Andrew Minson and Clay Roth all contributing singles in the loss.
This was Jackson's second loss of their season and now sports a record of 21-2. The Squirrels improved to 15-11. The results of the second game were not available at press time.
Jackson 000 400 0 -- 4
Charleston 202 120 x -- 7
WP -- Jesse Schott. LP -- Austin Mueller. Multiple hitters -- (C) Brandon Peters 2-3, Jeff Long 3-3. 3B -- (C) Peters, Long.