WHEELING - According to Linsly coach Jay Cartwright, when Shadyside and the Cadets face off on the diamond, it always serves as good baseball.
Saturday's game at Holloway Field was no exception as Linsly overcame an early 4-0 deficit with a six-run, six-hit fifth inning on the way to a 8-7 victory.
''It was just a real good high school baseball game,'' Cartwright said. ''Shayside always plays us tough. They came out hitting.''
Shadyside’s Kinemond Chase (20) slides safely into third while Linsly’s Justin Lee (29) looks on during Saturday’s game.
That the Tigers did as Austin Dorris blasted a doubled into right field to clear the way for scores from Adam Stupak and Cody Hudson to give Shadyside (7-3) a 2-0 lead in the top of the first.
The visitors were back at in the third as Dorris reached on his second double of the game and was brought in on a double by Jarod Brooks. Brooks then scored on a ground-rule double off the bat of Colton Campbell to make it 4-0.
Linsly's bats started to thaw out in the third as a Colton Coss hit drove in Arien Seymour to put the Cadets (11-1) on the board.
Shadyside then sent its entire lineup to the plate in the fourth and got runs from Chase Kinemond, Dorris and Zak Frizzi to extended the advantage to six at 7-1.
Jameson Murray crossed the plate in the fourth off a Tyler Ashbrook hit for Linsly before the Tigers went three up and three down in their half of the fifth to set the stage for the Cadets comeback.
Coss' leadoff hit got things started as he advanced to third on a Dom Ellis double deep into right field. Justin Lee followed with the first of two RBI doubles in the frame to make it 7-5 before Momo Felt hit the second to drive in Murray and Logan Goodnight to tie the game.
Felt then scored the eventual game winner after Campbell couldn't control the ball from a throw by relief pitcher Jarod Brooks after a Seymour hit down the third baseline.
As the ball bounced out of Campbell's glove, Felt turned the corner to second, but not before the ball reached second baseman Cole Crow, which caused Felt to double back to first.
After he escaped several tag out attempts by the Tigers, Felt dove on the bag and pumped his fist to a thunderous celebration by the Cadets bench.
''We exploded,'' Cartwright said. ''We had some hits and they struggled making some plays and that helped us.''
When the inning was over, the Cadets turned six hits into six runs to complete the comeback.
''We started hitting the ball late,'' Cartwright continued. ''We had some key hits in clutch situations. It's a really good win against a quality opponent.''
The Tigers finished the game with eight hits, none after the fourth frame.
''We hit the ball really good through the fourth inning, then we imploded,'' Shadyside coach Mike Meintel said. ''Our kids hit the ball good, but, as coaches, we can't catch it and you can't throw it for them. It's on them, you know. It's on them, bottom line.''
Murray finished with three doubles, two RBIs and scored two runs for the Cadets, while Goodnight picked up the victory in relief work as he struck out two batters in the seventh to help seal the victory.
''We had a good one over there Wednesday night and that came down to the wire, too,'' Cartwright noted. ''When the two of us get together it feels like it's always something like this. It's a great series and it's one we always look forward to.''