HEUVELTON - Baseball is a game of 21 outs in most high school games.
On Tuesday, Heuvelton needed to record 24 outs and overcome 6-0 and 9-3 deficits to earn a 10-9 eight-inning NAC West opening day win over Harrisville.
In the eighth inning for Heuvelton, Chris Power walked with one-out, stole secondbase and scored on a Matt Guardino RBI single up the middle after Aaron Cobb advanced the runner to thirdbase.
This was a nice comeback for us. With the cold it was just a tough day to throw strikes, said Heuvelton coach David Steele.
Harrisville scored six runs on Heuvelton starter Chris Power in the first inning on four walks. They scored twice more in the second before Jack Palmer took over and allowed just one more run before Mike Martin gained the win in relief. The Bulldogs trio allowed 11 walks combined and struckout 14 batters.
Matt Guardino lead off the second with a double which helped the Bulldogs cut the deficit to 6-3. Heuvelton tied the game with six in the fourth when Cody Holland ripped a single, Aiden Scagel doubled, Jon Sloan singled, Chris Power singled and Holland singled again.
Holland finished 3-4 with a double and two RBI and two runs scored. Power went 2-4 with two RBIs while Matt Guardino finished 2-5 with an RBI. Scagel was 2-4 with two RBI and two runs scored. Mike Guardino, Jack Palmer, Jon Sloan, Mike Martin also singled.
Chris Sullivan and Nick Weir each went 3-4 for Harrisville. Jared Dreythaler logged two hits while Nick Weaver, Joey Butts, and Brackett each singled.
Meanwhile, Morristown won a 10-4 decision over Hermon-DeKalb at DeKalb Junction.
Morristown 10, Hermon-DeKalb 4: Bobby Simmons fired a 17 strikeout, five hitter and defending division champion Morristown broke a 3-3 tie with a four run fourth inning. Luke King delivered three hits while Dakota Marshall supplied two and Ryan Vollmer added a singleton.
Tim Harmer supplied three hits for Hermon-DeKalb.