> The Crook County Posse welcomed catcher Kevin Cholin back with open arms Wednesday night. After missing two weeks of play, the incoming junior smacked a go-ahead homer in the third inning and a game-tying RBI in the bottom of the seventh to help lift the Posse past Sisters 11-10 at home.
"Kevin had some nice hits," coach Tim Huntley said. "It's good to have him back behind the plate.
After falling behind 5-1 in the first two innings, Crook County battled back with six runs in the third.
Kelly Puckett started off the rally with a triple to the left field fence and the hits flowed from there. With runners on first and second, Willie O'Daniel ripped a double that scored Mike Morton and Bryce Garner and tied the game at five apiece.
Cholin, the next batter up, went long to give Crook County its first lead of the night.
"It took us a couple innings to wake up," Cholin said.
"That's usually how we play. It takes a good play to get everyone going," he said, referring to Puckett's triple.
The Posse quickly surrendered their lead in the fourth letting up three runs to go behind 8-7.
They responded with two runs in the fifth inning but then gave up two more in the sixth and seventh to enter the final inning trailing by one.
With two outs and a runner on second, O'Daniel beat out a short dribbler towards third base to keep the Posse's hopes alive and advance the tying run to third. Cholin hit one up the middle to score Garner from third, then Rich Combee walked to load the bases.
Derrick Umhauer was the next batter up with the game in his hands. He ended up not having to do much, however, as the Sisters catcher let a ball get by him and O'Daniel sped home for the win.
"We didn't play extremely well today," said Huntley, disappointed his team let up 10 runs, "but we're good enough to play poorly and win."
Mike Morton, Willie O'Daniel and Bryce Garner split time on the mound on for the Posse.
The Posse travel to Redmond on Friday and then will host a doubleheader against Grant Union starting at 11 a.m. on Saturday to wrap up the season.