CLAYTON — Clayton pulled off a wild 4-3 baseball win over Cleveland Wednesday afternoon, scoring all four of its runs in the bottom of the seventh inning.
Matt Bien capped the rally with a bases-loaded walk that brought home the game-winning run, scoring Kyle Solomon for the Comets second win in as many outings.
Tuesday, Clayton (3-5) pounded Harnett Central 10-0 in a Greater Neuse River 4A Conference battle.
The difference between the two games is that we didnt get any hits with guys on base until the seventh inning, said Clayton coach Stacey Houser. Against Harnett Central, we hit the ball with guys on base. We just never got that hit with guys on base against Cleveland until the last inning.
The Comets had outhit Cleveland 8-4 through six innings of play but didnt score until the seventh.
A single by Hunter Poole and a fly ball that the Rams outfield couldnt handle put runners on second and third for Clayton with one out in the seventh. Sam May followed with a single to right to score Poole, then Solomon brought Austin Smith and May home with a hard single down the left field line, tying the score.
With runners on second and third after Solomons hit, Cleveland intentionally walked Brett Bailey (2-for-3 on the afternoon) to load the bases for Bien who fell behind 1-2 in the count before drawing the game-winning walk.
We never quit, we had everybody who was healthy enough to play, play, Houser said. It was a fitting ending for us. Everybody played and everybody contributed.
Cleveland (4-5) went up 1-0 in the top of the first on a sacrifice fly by Taylor Finn, scoring Chase Jackson.
The Rams added to that lead in the third when Cody Johnson singled home Jackson and Alan Stephenson.
Cleveland starter Patrick Banks worked six innings in his first high school start, scattering eight hits, striking out four and walking two.
Patrick Banks pitched really well in his first start for us, said Cleveland coach Jamie Lee. He kept fighting and dodging big innings, getting batters out. We just fell apart in the last inning.
When youre up 3-0 going into the last inning and you give up the lead, its just a shock.
Clayton reliever Michael Haddix held Cleveland without a hit over the final four innings, struck out four and issued a walk.
Michael didnt give up anything for four innings, Houser said. He kept us in it.