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Knights overcome early deficit, beat Indians

INDIANS: Tyler Jakob rounds third base Friday on his way to scoring a first-inningrun for Mississinewa. The Indiansdropped a 13-10 decision to visiting Southwood.

By CHUCK LANDIS - clandis@chronicle-tribune.com

GAS CITY — Coming off their first win of the season, it figures the Mississinewa baseball team would have rode that momentum Friday evening against visiting Southwood. They didn't.

After building an 8-4 lead, the Indians suddenly fell flat and the Knights surged to a 13-10 victory on an even when swirling winds affected play.

Southwood won for the first time after absorbing two defeats, while Ole Miss is off to a 1-6 start. Thursday, the Indians defeated a quality Peru team 8-7 on the road.

"Up until today I felt every game we were progressing and getting better and I thought we were going somewhere," Indians coach Mike Scott said. "(Friday), it all started from pregame when they were flat, they were down and never picked themselves back up.

"We talked to them (Thursday) that you still have to clock in and still have to bring the same kind of energy, and we didn't," he continued. "To have a big win against a team like Peru and come back flat (against Southwood) that has to change."

Ole Miss sent 10 batters to the plate in the second inning with the highlight Cade Campbell's three-run home run and built a 6-4 lead. Then in the third, two walks to start the inning led to two more runs and made it 8-4 before things fell apart.

Southwood responded with a six-run fourth inning when 11 batters came to the plate and outscored the Indians 9-2 over the remaining four innings. Knights coach Warren Dailey said the high wind made it a game where both teams could never become comfortable. 

"With the wind blowing out like it was, we had an idea what kind of game it was going to be and we told them around third inning it was going to take at least 12 (runs) to win it," Dailey said.

"Our team in the past has let up a little bit when we got a lead, and when the other team comes and takes the lead from us we have let down in the past," he continued. That's the big positive I'm taking out of it is that we got the lead, we lost the lead and we didn't die. We're still pretty young and I like to see that kind of fight and that kind of desire."

The Knights amassed 13 hits and came through multiple times with runners in scoring position. Four hitters — Carson Rich, Logan Barley, Tristin Hayslett and Joey Bland  — each delivered two RBIs and the Knights only stranded eight baserunners.

"Southwood swung the bat extremely well and they did what we had been preaching and didn't do today," Scott said. "Their situational hitting was on point and they got the runners in who were in scoring position and we left way too many of those runners on base."

Hayslett also picked up Southwood starting pitcher Carson Rich long enough for the Knights hitters to get untracked with four effective innings. Cameron Ball took over after the Indians' Drew Castanon singled and Carson Campbell walked to open the seventh and allowed one run to record the save.

Kreigh Young hit a two-run double in the second while Castanon went 2-for-3 and scored three times. Colin Yoder and Landen Swanner each went 2-for-4, and the Indians finished with 10 hits.

Rich was 3-for-5 with a double to pace the Knights' 13-hit attack and Barley and Koby Thomas both hit doubles.

Mississinewa plays a doubleheader beginning at 11 a.m. today at Northwestern.