Pelion put a virtual lock on the Region 3-2A baseball championship with a come-from-behind 9-5 win over second-place North Central Thursday in Boonetown.
The Panthers (8-6, 7-0) blew a 4-2 when the host Knight plated three runs in the bottom of the sixth inning, but responded with a five-run rally in the seventh to regain the lead for good.
The big moce began with back-to-back doubles by Russ Allen and Daniel Hawkins. Hawkins eventually scored when NC mishandled a sacrifice bunt bid by Andrew Kneece. Dominick Holderness drove in Kneece with a double and later scored on a passed ball. The final Pelion run was courtesy of Tripp Hanson, who walked, moved to second on a wild pitch, pulled off a steal of third base and raced home on another errant Knight pitch.
Zach Hawkins was the Panther offensive leader with three hits in for at bats with two runs scored and two RBI. Allen and Holderness both went 2-for-4. Allen scored two runs, while Holderness scored once and drove in a game-high three runs.
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Hawkins was also the winning pitcher in relief of Tyler Poole.
Technically, Pelion needs one more win to clinch the region’s top state playoff seed and either two more wins or one loss by North Central to secure the outright region pennant.