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Originally published: 2014-03-22 09:12:12
Last modified: 2014-03-22 09:13:28

Watauga's mistakes prove costly in loss

by Steve Behr Sports Editor

Hibriten, after eight innings of baseball, finally let Watauga give them a victory at Watauga's field Friday.

The Pioneers committed eight errors, but Hibriten needed an extra inning before finally taking a 4-3 win. Naturally, Hibriten scored the game-winning run on a Watauga error.

Three Watauga pitchers -- Hunter Isaacs, Jeffrey Gainey and Utah Jones -- each allowed just one hit. Three of the Panthers' four runs were unearned.

That included the run in the eighth inning when Zach Walker reached second because of a Watauga fielding error. He went to third on a sacrifice and scored on another error.

Watauga took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning when Jones drove in Jesse Illich with a single. Illich opened the inning with a triple before scoring the run.

Jones eventually got to third base on a Carson Isaacs single and a fielder's choice by Hunter Isaacs. Jones scored on a fielder's choice by Matt Lambert.

The Pioneers kept Hibriten off the scoreboard until the fifth inning when the Panthers scored twice. Hibriten took a 3-2 lead in the seventh inning when Grayson Austin scored a run in an inning that saw the Pioneers make four errors.

Watauga came back to tie the game and force the extra inning on a Carson Isaacs RBI single. Watauga, which finished with eight hits, left five runners in scoring position through the game.

Hibriten left eight runners on base.