Pendleton was held scoreless in the third but came through with two more runs in the fourth as Cook took advantage of a mistake by Marsh. Cook hit a slow dribbler down the first base line that was going to be the third out, but Marsh fielded it late in foul territory. On the next pitch, Cook drove a hard shot to right that plated MacMillan from second. Cook took second base on an error by the right fielder on the play and was lifted for a pinch runner in Nate McCormack. McCormack later scored on a passed ball to give Pendleton an 8-0 lead. It was one of five errors on the day for the Eagles. Pendleton had struggled with errors in their first three games but had none today as they played a steady, patient game.
After a scoreless top of the fifth, Quentin Miller hit a single to lead off the Arabian half of the inning. Cody Cochran came up as a pinch hitter for Justin Kirkpatrick and drove a one out, two run shot to left field to end the game on the ten run rule. The Arabians had dominated the Eagles one night after garnering some momentum from their 8-4 loss to HSE.
“As soon the as the game ended last night, we knew we were close,” said Hall. “There was one thing to fix (defensive errors) and we’re going to fix it. Tonight was great, it felt like as a team we were having fun, like we are coming around.”
The Arabians (1-3) travel to Richmond for a doubleheader Saturday before playing the winner of Anderson Prep and Alexandria in the Nick Muller Memorial Baseball Tournament next week.