Mundy’s Mill erased a two-run deficit with eight runs in the bottom of the first and held off Lovejoy with another offensive response in the second for a 13-8 home victory.
Ricky Butts had four RBI, and Jordan Robinson drove in three runs for the Tigers, who have won two in a row against the Wildcats and 12 of the last 13 meetings overall.
“It’s a backyard rivalry game that we’ve had a long time,” Mundy’s Mill coach Patrick Smith said. “Both teams take a lot of pride in trying to win because one team is going to get the bragging rights.
“We see them in the grocery store,” Smith said. “We go to church with them and we see them in the barber shop so we want to have the bragging rights and that is why we play so hard and try to keep that edge on Lovejoy.”
After Lovejoy’s Christen Dixon drove in the first two runs of the game, the Tigers found a load of success at the plate against Tyler Ramos.
After Raheem Jackson singled and scored on an error, Jose Martinez tied things at 2 with a run-scoring hit. Two batters later, Robinson put Mundy’s Mill ahead for good with a two-run single to left. Then, Butts extended the margin to five with a bases-clearing double to center. Trey Matthews capped the scoring and Ramos’ day on the mound with an RBI double to center for an 8-2 lead.
“Our top six guys have really hit the ball all year long so we knew they were going to have to score more than two runs to beat us,” Smith said.
But the Tigers ran into their own troubles on the mound, opening the door for the Wildcats to close within two runs in the second. Julian Arnold, Mark Flournoy and Dixon all had run-scoring hits to highlight the four-run frame.
However, the Tigers would respond in the bottom of the inning with four runs, which Robinson and Butts highlighted with RBI singles, to rebuild the margin to 12-6.
During the next four and a half innings, the pitching picked up for both teams and each club just added a run each. Andrew Nicholson highlighted the rest of the scoring with a solo home run to right in the fourth.