In a game that lasted only five innings because of heavy rain, Goldsboro came back to defeat Spring Creek 9-6 on Tuesday.
“It was a great team effort, and they didn’t give up,” Goldsboro head coach Danny Merritt said. “All the way through the lineup, we kept making things happen.”
Spring Creek took an early 1-0 lead in the top of the first when Cole Honeycutt hit an RBI single, but Goldsboro battled back to take a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the first.
Campbell Cunningham’s RBI double tied things up at 2-2 in the top of the second, and in the top of the third, the Gators scored three runs to take a 5-2 lead.
The Gators increased their lead to 6-2 when Robert Strickland’s RBI single enabled Andrew Crumpler to cross home plate.
“We were making too many errors, and that’s how Spring Creek built that lead, so we have to clean that up,” Merritt said. “Coach Whitfield (Spring Creek head coach Heath Whitfield) is a great coach, and he came in with a great game plan.”
However, in the bottom of the fourth, the Cougars mounted their second comeback of the game. The Cougars scored four runs in the inning to cut Spring Creek’s lead down to 6-5.
After keeping the Gators off the board in the top of fifth, Goldsboro took a 7-6 lead when Trey Adams hit an RBI single.
The Cougars would go on to score three more runs to increase their lead to 9-6.
“These kids play with a lot of heart and a lot of character. They dug deep, and that’s a great team effort,” Merritt said.
Late in the bottom of the fifth, the rain started pouring, and both coaches met the umpires, who decided to call the game.
Goldsboro (2-1) and Spring Creek (1-2) will face off again on Friday.