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April 16, 2014

Errors doom Salina against No. 8 Metro Christian

SALINA, OK — Salina spotted Metro Christian a seven-run lead and the Wildcats' late rally came up short, as the Patriots left Sam Baker Stadium Tuesday with a 9-5 win.

Despite five errors and a passed ball in the first three innings, Salina (9-10) only found itself down 3-0 headed to the top of the fourth inning.

In the top of the fourth, the Patriots plated four runs, sparked by Hunter Stafford's three-run home run off of Bret Fite.

The Salina rally began with the bottom of the order in the bottom of the fourth inning. Bryce Kerns and Chase Mellowbug singled on, and Coby Backward was hit by a pitch to load the bags for his cousin, Cale Backward.

Cale Backward reached on an error by the second-baseman to score Kerns. Metro Christian pitcher Jay Skaggs then beaned Colton Burgess to score another run.

Fite walked to score the third run, Coby Backward, and Cale Backward scored on a passed ball.

Salina cut the deficit to 7-5 in the fifth inning on a Bryce Kerns sacrifice fly to score Kyle Johnson from third base.

Coby Backward had the strongest pitching appearance of four Salina pitchers, retiring the first nine Patriots he faced before surrendering two walks in the top of the seventh inning.

Johnson relieved Coby Backward in the seventh and could have gotten out of the inning if not for a dropped one-out, bases-loaded line drive that would have turned into an easy double play at third base.

Instead, Metro plated two more runs for the 9-5 final margin.

Salina will look to bounce back at Class 2A No. 8 Ketchum Thursday.

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