Hornets fall to Manila, share conference title
Harrisburg let a five run lead slip away late in the game as the Manila Lions scored three runs in the bottom of the sixth inning and held on for 10-9 win that gave Manila a share of the 3A-3 conference title with Harrisburg and Corning. If the tie-breaker stands firm, the Hornets will get the top seed with Corning second and Manila third for the upcoming district tournament.
Harrisburg jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning. Matt Walton doubled to start the game before stealing third base. Drew Price drew a walk and was replaced by courtesy runner Connor Haag. Jake Chatman drove in Walton with a sacrifice fly to make it 1-0. Ayson Lamb singled to put runners on the corners. Arizona Sharp's ground-out scored Haag to make it 2-0.
Manila scored three runs in the bottom of the second to take a 3-2 lead. Chatman tied the game at three when he blasted a solo home run to left in the bottom of the inning.
Harrisburg took a 5-3 lead with two runs in the top of the fourth inning. Brett Horsley singled to start the inning and was moved to second on a sacrifice bunt from Nathan Neal. Brayden Honeycutt singled to put runners on first and third. Honeycutt scored when Walton grounded out to make it 5-3.
Harrisburg added five more in the top of the fifth to go up 8-3. Lamb doubled to start things off and scored when Sharp followed with a double. Alec Witt singled and Horsley was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Courtesy runner Alex Nicholson scored when Neal reached on a fielder's choice and Witt scored when the throw to first went wide. Manila answered with four runs in the bottom half of the inning to cut the Hornets lead to 8-7.
Lamb reached on a fielder's choice and advanced to second on a throwing error on the Lions. Lamb went to third on a wild pitch and then scored on another wild pitch to make it 9-7 Harrisburg. Honeycutt came on to pitch in the bottom of sixth for the Hornets. Manila tagged him for three runs to take a 10-9 lead headed to the final inning. Honeycutt and Walton drew back to back one-out walks as the Hornets were looking to tie the game or take the lead. With two outs, the runners tried a double steal with Honeycutt being called out at third to end the game.
Sharp pitched five innings allowing seven runs on eight hits as he walked one, struck out seven and hit two batters. Honeycutt took the loss for the Hornets as he pitched one inning giving up three runs on two hits while walking one and striking out one.
Lamb and Witt both finished with two hits for Harrisburg. Lamb scored two runs and Chatman added a hit, a run scored and two RBIs. Walton, Sharp and Neal each had a RBI on the day.