By Kevin Posival
Killeen Daily Herald
HARKER HEIGHTS – Todd Abold hit a bases-loaded, RBI single in the bottom of the seventh inning to break a 2-2 tie and lifted the Harker Heights Knights to a 3-2 win over Temple in Wednesday's 13-5A make-up game.
Temple relief pitcher Kevin Lock walked Knights' leadoff batter David Kipp after striking out Kenny Tackett to open the bottom of the seventh. Ryan Balentine followed Kipp's walk with an infield single. Lock intentionally walked Dejuan Fulghum to load the bases with one out. Abold took Lock's first pitch and lined it over Temple second baseman Ryan Harrison's outstretched glove to score Kipp.
"Ballentine's infield single ... that was big because now it puts the pressure on (Lock). We knew they weren't going to pitch to Dejuan. We put pressure on the pitcher to throw a strike with the bases loaded. We were swinging," Harker Heights coach Glenn Cunningham said.
Lock struck out four, walked three and gave up three hits and only the single run in three innings for Temple.
Korey Wacker earned the win in relief for the Knights. He retired four batters in his 1 2/3 innings on the mound.
"He's our guy," Cunningham said. "He's a bulldog out there. I thought David (Kipp) had a great game. He just had that one bad pitch and they got themselves in a bad situation."
Kipp started for the Knights, gave up five hits, walked four and struck out three before Temple's Andrew Rayas belted him for a two-single in the top of the sixth inning.
"I thought we did a great job to get back in the game," Temple head coach Larry Haynes said. "We gave ourselves a chance to win."
Fulghum scored Kipp in the bottom of the first on a second base error to give the Knights (17-10, 6-3 13-5A) an early lead. Jordan Carey extended the lead in the bottom of the fourth with a double to score Walker from first base.
The Wildcats (9-16, 3-7 13-5A) tied it up in the top of the sixth on Rayas' single after Harrison walked and Danny Hernandez singled. Kipp threw Joel Morris out before he walked Aaron Harper and loaded the bases with Rayas coming up to bat.
Wacker came on in relief for Kipp after Rayas' single. Lock hit a ground ball to Abold at third base to get
Harper out there and then Abold forwarded it onto Cody Dunn at first to turn the double play and get the Knights out of the inning.
"They got a big double play to end our sixth-inning rally," Haynes said. "We might still be hitting with a man on second."
Hernandez's 2-for-3 led the Wildcats' offense and both Harrison and Rayas were 1-for-3 and Rayas had the only two Wildcats RBIs.
Abold and Fulghum led the Knights. Each went 2-for-4 on the night with two singles and a RBI. Balentine was also 2-for-4 with two singles. Carey was 1-for-3 with the RBI double.
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