Flashes use two late rallies to stun Copiah, stop losing streak

Published 10:50 pm Tuesday, April 4, 2023

St. Aloysius used a little — actually a lot of — late-inning magic to stop a vexing losing streak.

The Flashes scored three runs in the bottom of the eighth inning, the last on a walk-off RBI single by Carson Smith, to beat Copiah Academy 9-8 Tuesday at Bazinsky Field.

St. Al also scored twice in the bottom of the seventh to tie the game at 6 and send it to extra innings. Copiah regained the lead in the top of the eighth, and then the Flashes won it with their second rally in the bottom half.

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The first five St. Al batters reach base in the eighth inning, all without getting a hit. Two batters were hit by pitches and the next three walked to bring in the tying runs.

Copiah got a ground ball and a force out at home for the first out, but Smith followed that with his game-winning single.

Smith finished 2-for-5 with two RBIs. Walt Andrews also had two hits and two RBIs, while Barrett Shows and Keller Bradley had two hits one run scored apiece.

St. Al (4-15, 1-7 MAIS District 3-5A) snapped a seven-game losing streak, and avenged a 9-1 loss to Copiah on Monday. The teams are scheduled to finish their three-game district series Thursday at 6;30 p.m. in Gallman.