By Chris Goltermann
Heritage School came up short in its hopes of clinching a GISA Region 1-AAA title while looking for a regular season sweep of second-place Dominion Christian on the road Tuesday in Marietta.
The Knights countered with a 9-5 victory that forced a tie for first while also taking a slim two-run edge among run differential in a possible tiebreaker.
Both teams are tied at 6-1 in the region standings after Dominion snapped Heritage’s eight-game winning streak.
Dominion took early leads of 2-0 and 4-1 through two innings before the Hawks (10-5)scored twice in the third on Jacob Rochester’s RBI single to center.
But a 4-3 deficit was as close as Heritage came to a possible clincher. David White battled through three innings, allowing three earned runs on three hits and equally finishing with three strikeouts and three walks. He got one of the runs back on his own solo homer in the top of the second to help pull the Hawks back to within a 2-1 deficit.
Heritage, however, couldn’t get out of the third despite a pair of strikeouts by White to begin the inning. A walk was followed by an RBI double to right by Dominion’s Rafael Jackson, who also came around to score after a passed ball and a wild pitch moved the Knights further ahead 4-1.
The Hawks deficit reached 5-1 in the fifth with Dominion (11-9) taking advantage of two of nine walks allowed to go with two hits.
The Knights then batted around in the fifth while exploding for four more runs with help from a pair of RBI singles.
Thomas Gray fired two scoreless innings for Heritage at the finish as the Hawks tried to rally back.
Brandon Scruggs and Rochester connected for RBI doubles in the seventh, but Dominion pitchers closed out a 16-strikeout performance against Heritage.