After Rochester took a 5-2 lead, with five runs coming in the fourth and fifth innings, the Black Hills baseball team dug deep and put six runs across in the sixth inning to even the season series with the Warriors, 9-6, Wednesday evening on the road.
The Wolves (5-2, 2-2 2A EvCo) got a complete game performance from Joseph Floyd on the mound, who struck out five and had four runs earned against him, but it was their bats that came alive and found the win late.
Tanner Parkinson earned three RBIs with a triple in the sixth, and Braiden Bond had an RBI-double that helped lead the Black Hills charge.
The Warriors, meanwhile, couldn’t respond after giving up the late lead. Three pitchers (Jyson O’Conner, Hyde Parrish, and Kyle Wilson) combined for six strikeouts, but couldn’t stop the bleeding in the sixth inning to preserve a win and stay unbeaten against the Wolves after a victory Tuesday.
Tony Groninger went 1 for 3 with two runs batted in and Landon Hawes added two runs and an RBI in the losing effort.
“We struggled to throw strikes in that sixth inning,” Warriors coach Brad Quarnstrom said. “And we didn’t get outs when we needed to. A little frustrating to give a game away like that, but we’ll bounce back.
The Warriors will look to rebound against River Ridge Thursday on the road while the Wolves look to keep the momentum rolling against North Mason on Saturday.