PENDLETON — Thursday night's regular season game at Bill Stoudt Field lacked the artistry of Saturday's Nick Muller Memorial Baseball Tournament final at Memorial Field. But the rivalry rematch between Pendleton Heights and Anderson retained all of its drama.
The Arabians (8-4) rallied for three runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to beat the Indians 10-9 and run their winning streak to seven games.
"It's always interesting when you get Anderson and Pendleton together," Pendleton Heights coach Travis Keesling said. "We'll take the ugly ones just as much as we take the pretty ones."
The Tribe (3-6) took a 9-7 lead in the top of the eighth inning on a two-run homer by Anthony Fuller, but it didn't hold up long when the bottom of the frame began.
Austin MacMillan led off with a single and advanced to second base on a passed ball. Nate Grile then laced a hard grounder that seemed destined for right field, but Anderson second baseman Tony Bova dove and kept it in the infield. MacMillan rounded third and appeared to be a sitting duck at home plate. But Bova's throw hit the dirt and bounced high over Fuller's head in front of the plate, allowing the run to score.
Grile advanced to second on the error and scored after another miscue. Hunter Cook's grounder went straight back to pitcher Braden Odom, but his throw to third in an attempt to get Grile bounced into foul territory down the left field line, and the Arabian runner scored to tie the game.
"I thought we fought really well. We just couldn't catch a break," Anderson coach Terry Turner said. "We should've had an out at the plate, but the ball just bounced away. We just couldn't catch a break."