But after two costly errors led to the ball winding up in the outfield and three Burke County players raced home, the damage was done.
Burke County put up seven runs in the bottom of the fourth inning to easily beat Cross Creek, 10-2, Friday night.
The Bears have now won 12 games in a row.
“Right now we’re peaking at just the right time,” Burke County coach Billy Marchman said.
Down 2-1 entering the fourth, Burke County (13-3 overall, 7-0 Region 3B-AAAA) sent 12 to the plate, with Bobby Gay starting the attack by getting hit by a pitch.
The next two batters reached safely on singles before a walk brought in the tying run.
Later, with the bases still loaded, a Martin Jarrett bunt was close to pitcher Blake Miller, who botched the play. Miller was charged with an error and then Cross Creek got a second error on a throwing mistake.
Those blunders allowed three to come home on one play.
Cross Creek (7-6, 4-2) still had two more mistakes in the fourth when it was 6-2 Bears.
A throwing error kept the inning alive prior to a bobble on a grounder making matters worse.
By game’s end, the Razorbacks had seven errors.
Burke County then capitalized on two more errors in the sixth, with a ground ball speeding by under the third baseman’s glove adding a ninth run and a bobble at shortstop bringing in the last run.
All that support was more than enough for Gay, who went the distance and allowed only two runs.
The Razorbacks got their two in back-to-back at-bats in the top of the third. Small ball from Matthew Avret plated one run on a sacrifice fly and Skyler James made it 2-1 with a well-struck ball that appeared to go off the glove at third.
But Gay blanked the Razorbacks for the final four innings, giving him his second win against Cross Creek this season after a 5-2 victory earlier this month.
At this meeting, the Razorbacks’ mistakes in the field worked with Gay’s strong start on the mound to create a rout and stretch the Bears’ winning streak.
“We just got to try to clean it up,” Cross Creek coach Tavis Cummings said. “It’s like a roller coaster. We’ve been up and down.”