WHITE HALL – Sophomore Kirk Baugh hit a two-run single in the bottom of the seventh inning to lift the White Hall Bulldogs to a 6-5 win over the Hot Springs Lakeside Rams on Tuesday at home.
After Lakeside scored two runs in the top of the seventh to take a 5-3 lead, White Hall (6-1, 3-0 in 5A South) scored three in the bottom half of the inning to earn the victory.
“We knew going into that top of the last inning, if we could just hold them, we could get a run,” White Hall head coach Skip Carr said. “But our defense kind of broke down on us with two outs and they scored a couple.
“But our guys didn’t quit.”
Senior Landon Reed led off the seventh with a single. He scored on an RBI double by senior Austin Lewis.
Back-to-back walks by Justin McCarty and Tyler Zuber loaded the bases for Baugh.
Baugh hit a sharp ground ball past the third baseman to plate Lewis and McCarty.
“Kirk had a clutch hit there to drive in two,” Carr said.
Lakeside led 3-0 in the fourth inning before White Hall finally broke through with a pair of runs.
Lewis led off the bottom of the fourth with a walk and a stolen base. With one out, Zuber hit a two-run home run over the left center field wall to cut the deficit to 3-2.
“That’s why he bats in the four hole,” Carr said. “He’s a big strong kid that hits well.”
Zuber is credited with a no-decision after being pulled in the top of the fifth inning. He gave up three runs on two hits with two walks and five strikeouts. Zuber was 1 for 3 with two RBIs, a run scored and a walk.
“I thought Zuber threw well,” Carr said. “He was around the plate and he threw good enough to win.
“We just didn’t play good enough defense. But we are going to get better at that.”
Lakeside got on the board in the first inning after a couple of errors allowed Jacob Bradshaw to reach and later score.
The Rams also scored a run in the third and a run in the fourth.
“That’s a very good hitting team,” Carr said. “They move runners well. (Zuber) was composed out there and threw a very good game.”
White Hall tied the game in the bottom of the fifth when Reed a solo home run with one out. Reed finished the game 3 for 4 with two runs scored
“He’s a gamer and we want him up to bat,” Carr said.
Lakeside scored two runs in the top of the seventh.
With two outs, Bo Ritter reached on an error. He moved to second on a stolen base and scored on an RBI single by Jacob Bradshaw.
Marcus Fisher walked and Josh Walker hit a RBI single to give the Rams the 5-3 lead.
For Lakeside, Bradshaw is credited with the no-decision. He pitched 4 1/3 and allowed three runs (three earned) on four hits with three walks and seven strikeouts. Bradshaw was also 1 for 4 with two runs scored and a RBI.
Garrett Garner pitched 1 2/3 and allowed two runs (two earned) on four hits with a walk and a strikeout. Bo Ritter is credited with the loss after facing one batter, allowing one run (earned) with a walk.
Senior Brett Kendig faced one batter and gave up the go-ahead hit.
For White Hall, Lewis is credited with the win after allowing two runs (both earned) on two hits in two innings of work. He also struck out two and allowed a walk.
Lewis was also 1 for 2 with two runs scored, a walk, a RBI and a stolen base. McCarty was 1 for 3 with a walk and a run scored.
White Hall will play at Watson Chapel on Thursday.