A 7th-inning rally just fell short for West Middlesex as the Big Reds lost to Sharpsville, 7-6, in high school baseball.
West Middlesex had the bases loaded with two outs in the bottom of the 7th, down 7-6, but grounded out to end the game.
It ended a comeback attempt that started with a 4-0 gap, but in the 5th, the Big Reds erased the deficit with four runs, spotlighted by Christian Porterfield’s three-run home run.
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The Blue Devils went back on top in the top of the 6th inning on an infield single that scored Ross Llewellyn on a bang-bang play at the plate. Greg Popatak and Jalen Mackabee followed with an RBI single each to give Sharpsville a 7-4 lead.
West Middlesex got one run back in the bottom of the 6th and entered their final at bat down 7-5. Sage Pope made it a 7-6 ballgame with an RBI single in the bottom of the 7th. The Big Reds would have the winning run on 2nd base before making the final out.
Mackabee led Sharpsville at the plate, going 3-4 with a home run. Jerrod Palmer was 3-4 for West Middlesex.