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Devils’ comeback falls short

The Mathews High School varsity baseball team fell to 1-2 last week as the Devils’ comeback fell short against the visiting Northumberland Indians. Mathews rallied from a huge deficit to lose by a narrow 9-8 margin.

Brian Owens started the game and went four strong innings, allowing one unearned run in his opening campaign. The game was a pitchers’ duel as Indian pitcher Zak Kent gave the Devils all they could handle through five innings, before they eventually got on the scoreboard.

The top of the fifth was a struggle, as some walks caused the Indian offense to erupt, giving up eight unearned runs and putting the Devils into a deep hole; however, they fought back. They scratched four in the fifth, two more in the sixth, and closed the gap to 9-7. Cody Tunstall got the Indians out in order in the top of the seventh as the Devils looked to complete the comeback. Owens crossed the plate to make the score 9-8 on a Zack Jarosz RBI single, and the Devils were almost there. The...

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