The Southwood Knights built an 8-0 lead after four innings Monday before the Wabash Apaches came storming back, getting a home run from Kory Fuller in the seventh to tie the score, then score a run in the eighth to defeat the Knights 9-8.
The Knights would jump on the Apaches in the first. With one out Gabe Lloyd would single and was followed by a Carson Blair walk. With two outs Joel Hinds would launch a bomb over the left field fence for a 3-0 lead.
Southwood would extend their lead in the third. With one out Blair would single and was followed by a Matt Cox single. Hinds then singled to load the bases before Ethen Roberts reached on an error with Blair scoring for a 4-0 lead.
It looked as though the Knights were going to put the Apaches away in the fourth. With one out Clayton Wells would single and was followed by a Zach Ball single. Lloyd then drew a walk to load the bases before a Blair single scored Wells to make it 5-0. With two outs Hinds would single home Ball and Lloyd to increase the lead to 7-0, then get a single from Roberts to score Blair for an 8-0 lead.
Things would start to change in the fifth as the Apaches started to chip away at the Knights. Clayton Floor would single and was followed by a Justin Beauchamp one out bunt single. Kaleb Kelsheimer would then hit a shot against the right field fence with Floor and Beauchamp scoring to make it 8-2. Kelsheimer would then score on an error as the score was 8-3.
The Apaches would draw closer in the sixth. With one out Kallen Kelsheimer would single and was followed by a Jared Holley single. Both runners would advance a base on a wild pitch before a Floor single scored Kelsheimer. Braden Lutz would then reach on an error with Floor crossing the plate to make it 8-6.
A hustle play would give Wabash some hope in the seventh. With one out Trenton Daughtry would race to first and take second on a passed ball third strike, then take third on the throw to second. Robert Irgang would then ground out with Daughtry scoring to make it 8-7 with two outs. Kory Fuller would then come to the plate, taking a 2-2 pitch over the right field fence to knot the score at 8-8. The Knights went out in order in the bottom of the inning.
In the top of the eighth Floor would draw a lead off walk and was sacrificed to second on a Lutz bunt. Beauchamp would then be hit by a pitch before a Kaleb Kelsheimer bunt single loaded the bases. After a strike out made it two outs, pinch runner Austin Haynes would race home on a wild pitch to give Wabash a 9-8 lead. The Knights would get a one out single from Wells in the bottom of the inning before a fly out and a strike out ended the game.