The Southwood varsity baseball team was looking for their first win against Southern Wells Tuesday, falling behind 5-0 before rallying and just falling short 6-5.
Southern Wells jumped on the Knights in the top of the first inning, capitalizing on fielding errors and a couple hits to score 3 runs. Ryan Skeens led off the Knight part of the first being hit by a pitch. Skeens advanced to second on a passed ball and was then thrown out at third attempting to steal.
The Raiders would tack on two more runs in the second. With runners on first and third the Knights got the Raider runner on third in a run down, but failed to get the out and allowing a run. One more run would score on a passed ball to make it 5-0.
The Knights finally got something going in the third. Jacob Lloyd, Sexton Boggs and Nathan Hollars all drew walks to load the bases with no outs. Ryan Skeens singled home two to make it 5-2. After a pop out, Robbie Cole walked before the Raiders turned a double play to end the inning.
Southern Wells would pick up a run in the sixth on a delayed steal to home to make it 6-2. All three Southwood hitters struck out in the bottom of the inning.
In the sixth the Knights would draw closer.Robbie Cole led off with a double and was followed by a Colin Gouveia single to put runners on first and third. Tim Duell would reach on a Raider error and a run scored, 6-3. With runners on second and third, Lloyd singled in two runs to make it 6-5 with an inning to go.
Cole shut the Raiders down and the Knights had one more shot. With one out Jackson Blair doubled down the left field line. Robbie Cole singled, but Blair was held at third because the out fielder come up clean with the ball to make the throw. The Knights had the tying run on third and the winning run on first with one out and Gouveia at the plate. Gouveia hit a one hopper to the second baseman and the Raiders turned a double play to end the game 6-5.
Robbie Cole pitched 7 innings, striking out 6 and walking 0 and giving up 6 hits.