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Baseball: Fountain-Fort Carson rallies from 5-run deficit against Palmer

April 12, 2014 Updated: April 12, 2014 at 8:13 pm
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Fountain-Fort Carson's Joe Belarde slides safely back to first under the Palmer first baseman Christian Kelly during the third inning Saturday, April 12, 2014, at Spurgeon Field in Colorado Springs. Fountain-Fort Carson defeated Palmer 8-7 in eight inning. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Austin Powell had been scuffling. No surprise then that Fountain-Fort Carson was riding a six-game losing streak.

That streak seemed poised to stretch to seven after the Trojans spotted Palmer a five-run lead at Spurgeon Field on Saturday.

Powell went 0 for 3 in his first three at-bats, including grounding into an inning-ending double play.

But the Trojans scratched and clawed their way back, led by Powell who singled in his final two at-bats and drove in four runs - including the game-winner in the eighth - as Fountain-Fort Carson rallied to beat Palmer 8-7.

"I've been struggling," said Powell, who was hitless in his previous 10 at-bats before driving in three in the sixth to give the Trojans' their first lead. "But I feel like the last two at-bats I hit pretty well, felt like I got out of it."

Not only did the victory snap the six-game losing streak, it also moved the Trojans (4-8, 2-1 5A Colorado Springs Metro League) back into first place in what's shaping up to be a tight race.

"We have lost I think it's six in a row, I don't know, I lost count; it wasn't any fun," Trojans coach Jay Sevier said. "We had this situation before and couldn't finish it. ... Huge, huge, just a team effort."

The Trojans fell into the 5-0 hole when Palmer (3-8, 1-1) took advantage with four runs in the second inning, thanks to a wild pitch on a strikeout that put two runners on with one out instead of one on with two outs. From there, the Terrors capitalized with three singles and two F-FC errors. They added another run in the fourth without a hit. Luke Demolli reached base when he was hit by a pitch, stole second, took third on a wild pitch and raced home when Trojans catcher Dillon Daignault threw the ball into left field trying to nab Demolli.

It looked like the Terrors would sweep F-FC. But the Trojans got rolling in the fifth.

Powell grounded to short, and Alexis Enriquez should've scooped the ball and thrown to first. But Enriquez couldn't control the bounce and the Trojans' third run of the inning crossed the plate.

After Palmer scored in the bottom of the fifth to go up 6-3, the Trojans notched four in the sixth to grab the 7-6 lead. It was Powell's single that did most of the damage, though it would've only driven in one run instead of clear the bases had left fielder Joe Simon not let the ball bounce past him.

"Walks, errors and base-running mistakes - mental - that cost us," Palmer coach Mike Hagen said. "We're up 5-0 and looking strong, hitting the ball well and little mistakes build up."

The Terrors battled back by scoring in the home half of the sixth and forcing extra innings when neither team scored in the seventh.

That set the stage for pinch hitter Mike Hollingsworth, fresh off taking the ACTs earlier in the day. The senior walked after working the count full and came home three batters later on Powell's single to left.

"It's really been tough on our major guys, they're kind of in their slumps," Hollingsworth said of the now-ended skid. "Austin Powell... getting a hit tonight, hopefully we'll get things rolling, win league and do something else."

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