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MONROE— Adams Central scored all 17 runs after the third inning to win a wild one at the Hangar on Monday night, 17-11, over the Eastbrook Panthers.
The Jets were down 9-0 after Eastbrook broke open the game with seven runs in the top of the fourth and it appeared that they would be on their way to a second loss this season.
"Eastbrook came out swinging," noted AC coach Dave Neuenschwander. "It was ugly but we have young kids who are learning to pitch varsity baseball. They are figuring out that at every level of baseball you can't get away with walks."
The Panthers struck first in the opening frame when Andrew Black doubled and scored two batters later on a Nathan Shaw single. It was 2-0 after three when AC sophomore Matt Baker walked three batters out of four and Shaw again took advantage scoring one on a single.
In the seven-run third, Eastbrook compiled another walk to start the inning but Baker struck out two batters next. After going 0-2 on the nine-hole batter, Baker hung a curveball too far inside that clipped Kyle Martin's elbow handing him first base and beginning a rally of nine straight Panthers who reached base safely.
Luke Elliott singled in a run, then the Jets committed two errors in a row for three more runs. Shaw beat out an infield single to keep the inning alive and Alex Cambell connected on a 3-run homer out in left field rudely welcoming Baker's relief in freshman Andrew Hammond on the mound.
Hammond would walk the next two, then the bases would load with a single to left but the frosh got a groundball that was fielded by shortstop Conner Lengerich to get out of the jam with no more than the seven runs.
After the big inning, the Jets huddled outside of the dugout.....