HUNTSVILLE — Scott High turned in a mighty rally in the bottom of the seventh here Friday evening, but it was not quite enough, as Coalfield walked away with an 8-6 win.
The Yellow Jackets led 8-2 heading into the final inning and appeared set to walk away with a comfortable win. But the Highlanders found a groove, making the most of their final three outs before Coalfield finally sealed the win.
Coalfield's first three runners wound up scoring in the first inning, as the Yellow Jackets jumped to a 3-0 lead early. Scott was able to answer with a run by Andrew Carson in the bottom half of the inning, with Carson scoring on a Coalfield error after walking.
That's how things stood until the bottom of the third, when Jon Hamblin scored after a lead-off double, cutting Coalfield's lead to 3-2.
After a scoreless fourth inning, Coalfield put the bats to work, scoring two runs in the top of the fifth and three more in the sixth to build the 8-2 advantage.
The lead was still 8-2 heading into the bottom of the seventh, when Scott began its rally. A lead-off single by Carson turned into his second run of the night, while Austin Stephens would also score. Jacob Butts would score as well, after a one-out single, and Billy Hall was knocked home on an RBI double by Dylan Lyons. Suddenly, the Highlanders found themselves down just 8-6 with a runner on third and the potential tying run at the plate, and still only one out.
But Coalfield got out of the jam by recording consecutive strikeouts to end the game.