CENTERBURG — The Fredericktown Freddies needed a seventh-inning rally to remain in the top spot for the Knox-Morrow Athletic Conference title.
A few solid swings later, and the Freddies had what they needed for the win.
Fredericktown put up four runs in the seventh inning of a wild back-and-forth struggle at Centerburg to come away with a 7-6 victory and a clean sweep of its Knox County rival.
Trailing by three, the rally began with a lead-off triple to right center field by Leighton Cunningham. After Brad Wolford was struck by a pitch, Nick Cunningham doubled to right center to score Leighton Cunningham.
Caleb Sheriff then belted a shot over the right fielder’s head for a two-run triple.
Sheriff wasn’t able to come home until four batters later, when Anthony Caputo sent him home on a sacrifice fly to right.
Caputo had kept the Freddies in the game until that point with his pitching. Caputo faced the minimum in the first three innings, allowing no hits.
He got in trouble in the fourth when JJ Davis singled, then scored on a hit by Jackson Goulter. Goulter himself scored on a sacrifice fly by Cody Wright.
The Trojans scored two more in the fifth and two more in the sixth. Both runs in the fourth came off a single by Goulter — scoring Davis and Ethan Hibner — and both in the fifth were from a double by Davis to score Dallas Scott and Joseph Hibbits.
Trace Owens came on in relief with two outs in the sixth and earned the win. He went 1 1/3 innings with one hit allowed and one strikeout.
Goulter began on the mound for Centerburg and allowed five hits and three walks in six innings. He allowed just one earned run. Wright took the hard-luck loss despite allowing just one walk and no earned runs in one inning pitched.
Davis finished with two hits. Goulter had three hits. Trey Purdy added a single.
Clem Cunningham added a double to lead off the Fredericktown second inning; he scored on a sacrifice bunt by Caputo. Later in the inning, Brady Williams scored on a sacrifice fly by Lincoln Cunningham to give the Freddies a 2-0 lead.
Clem Cunningham hit another double in the fifth to score Sheriff.
Leighton Cunningham and Nick Cunningham each finished with two hits.
Fredericktown leads the KMAC with an 11-1 conference record. East Knox is tied for second with Highland at 10-2. The Freddies and the Bulldogs begin a two-game series today at 5 p.m. at Fredericktown High School. It’s the final KMAC series for both teams and will assure one of them at least a share of the conference title.