By Doug Gorman
Two days after losing their first baseball game of the season to a team in Alabama, the Mundy's Mill Tigers bounced back Monday afternoon with a come-from-behind 8-5 victory against visiting Tri-Cities High School.
Trailing 5-4, the Tigers pulled ahead with four runs in the bottom of the sixth to take control of the Region 4-AAAA game. The victory keeps Mundy's Mill, ranked fifth in the latest Gasports.com Class AAAA Coaches poll, undefeated against teams from the state of Georgia.
"We know if we keep working, we are going to be able to get the clutch hit, and that's what we were able to do when we needed it, and that's the difference tonight," Mundy's Mill coach Patrick Smith said.
The Tigers are now 9-1 overall and 5-0 in Region 4-AAAA play Mundy's Mill's only loss this season was a 11-9 decision against Carver of Montgomery on Saturday.
Monday against Tri-Cities, the Tigers began their sixth-inning comeback when Jack Eilum ripped a lead-off triple. Eilum had entered the game in the fourth inning as the team's second pitcher.
Eilum started the at-bat by trying to lay down a bunt, but when the count moved to two strikes, he waited for the right pitch and drilled the extra-base hit past the Tri-Cities' center fielder.
Raheem Jackson's base hit brought Eilum around to score, tying the game at 5. Rashad Crawford then reached first, setting the stage for Rodney Smith, who brought Jackson and Crawford into score with his two-RBI single.
Smith completed the rally, eventually reaching home on a wild pitch.
Corey Harmon came into the game in relief in the seventh and struckout two of the three men he faced to help the Tigers secure the win.
"I was just thinking, get us three outs and we can go home,." Harmon said. "It's real exciting being part of this team, we just hope we keep it up."
Smith knows he has a go-to-guy in Harmon.
"He's a talent. He has done it all year. He has a lot of confidence. He throws 86-87 (miles per hour), and we expect no less from him."
Elium also looked sharp in relief. The left-handed pitcher's struckout two batters in the fifth and then the side in order in the sixth.
The Tigers trailed 5-2 after three innings, but began closing the gap against the Bulldogs with two runs in the fourth. Anthony Hammonds and Jackson each singled in the inning and later scored on wild pitches.
Jackson finished the game with two singles and Smith scored three runs to pace the Tigers' offense.
The Tigers get back into action on Wednesday at home.