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D-B stages frantic rally to stave off Boone's upset bid

BILL LANE • Mar 14, 2007 at 1:51 AM

GRAY - It was perfect weather for high school baseball: 75 degrees and sunny.

Dobyns-Bennett, the Big 9 Conference favorite, met fourth-rated Daniel Boone at Clarence Mabe Field on Tuesday.

The pleasant weather was soon forgotten as tension mounted. The first pitch was thrown at 5 p.m. Twenty-five hits, six errors, four plunked batsmen, 11 walks, 18 strikeouts, one wild pitch and 27 runs later, D-B finished on top.

After squandering a 9-2 lead, the Indians rallied frantically for a 17-10 victory over the Trailblazers.

Several major league scouts - and most of the spectators - had come to see two power-hitting catchers knock down the fences.

That didn't happen.

D-B's Derek Trent went hitless in three at-bats and Boone's Dylan Pratt doubled and singled.

The two players who stole the show were D-B's Easton Ring and Darin Trent - Derek's twin brother.

Ring went 4-for-5, including a three-run homer and a double, to drive in four runs.

Darin Trent was 4-for-4, with three RBIs and five runs scored.

After flirting with the slaughter-rule win, D-B lost its grip on the scoreboard as Boone rallied for eight runs in the fifth inning to take a 10-9 lead - the highlight hits being triples by Josh Aldridge and Nick Caldwell.

Down but not out, D-B erupted as it had in the second, third and fourth innings. This time the Tribe scored seven runs.

Jamie Crawford was struck by a pitch, Wesley Lane singled, Derek Trent and Jordan Adams drew walks, Aaron Marsh was conked by a pitch, Darin Trent stroked a two-run double and Ring sent a three-run homer into orbit.

Earlier, Ring had tied the game 10-10 with his run-scoring single.

The bats of Ring and Darin Trent have been sizzling the past two days. Ring has banged out five hits - three for extra bases - and driven in five runs. Trent has stroked six hits - two of them doubles - and he's accounted for five RBIs.

"Easton started off hitting .600 last year,'' D-B coach Mike Ritz said. "He later suffered a broken ankle and never did hit again.

"Darin wasn't a starter even though he was batting over .550 The players ahead of him were hitting so well. Both Easton and Darin are on fire.''

Ring, whose 370-foot homer was the clincher, said: "After we got behind, I knew we'd have to pull together and get some hits. This team has a lot of character. We're not going to give up that easily.''

Ritz had mixed emotions.

"This definitely wasn't a championship type of game,'' he said. "We had no pitching until Lane came in and got the job done. After all that happened tonight, I was really proud of the way we rallied.''

Said Boone coach Rob Hoover: "We got some clutch hits but just couldn't finish. It was sloppy on both sides. A lot of people are going to pitch around Derek Trent and be careful with Dylan Pratt this season.''

D-B's record is 2-0, 2-0 while Boone dropped to 1-1, 0-1.

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