After spending the first seven innings saving potential runs, Westside’s Jalen Lampkin helped bring home the winning run for the Patriots.
Lampkin’s infield single in the eighth inning scored the winning run as Westside beat Thomson 5-4 on Wednesday.
After scoring eight runs in the first four innings, the teams rode its starters through three scoreless frames before Westside’s winning run.
Westside (10-4) starter Austin Childers, who is related to former major leaguers Matt and Jason Childers, tossed all eight innings for the Patriots, allowing four runs despite 15 hits and only one strikeout. Childers benefited from strong defense, especially Lampkin’s in center field.
“It wasn’t my best,” Childers said. “I kept grinding. I was nothing without my defense, especially with just one strikeout. (Lampkin) saved me in center field.”
Thomson (8-4) struck first in the top of the third on an RBI single by Morgan Hyde. But Westside quickly answered when Price Dodd hit a grand slam in the home half, giving the Patriots a 4-1 lead.
“It was a first-pitch fastball, belt high,” Dodd said. “I couldn’t let it go by.”
Thomson responded with three RBI singles in the fourth – including Hyde’s second RBI – to tie the game at 4.
From there, both starters limited the damage. The Bulldogs put runners on every inning until the end with no success. The Patriots got a runner to third in the seventh but stranded him.
An error put Westside’s winning run on in the eighth, and David Hagelston advanced to second on a wild pitch. After reaching third on a single by Ryan Midla, he beat the throw home on Lampkin’s infield single to win the game.
“Both teams had a few opportunities, but it worked out for us in the end,” Westside coach Gerald Barnes said. “It was a grind today.”