McARTHUR - The McArthur Mustangs secured an 8-7 come-from-behind win against Jackson Post 81 Saturday morning in the opening game of the District 8 American Legion five-team round robin tournament. Overall, Meigs was the winner. They had a 3-1 record over the weekend at the Vinton County High School Field.
The game was a chess match most of the way as Jackson built a 7-4 lead after four innings, but McArthur rallied in the top of the fifth with a four-run rally that led to the win. The game was shortened to five innings due to the imposed one-minute, 45-second per-game time limit.
In the pivotal fifth inning, McArthur scored what would prove to be the winning run on an RBI single by Koen Travis. Just before the hit, the Mustangs tied the game as D.J. Norris scored on a wild pitch to knot the score at 7-7.
The run also helped Jace McKenzie capture a complete-game victory, while Logan Camp took the loss for Jackson.
The hit was not a walk off as Jackson was the home team and even though the time limit had been exceeded, they were allowed to bat in the bottom of the fifth but were unable to complete the come from behind rally.
Early on, McArthur got off to a two-run start on two errors, however, Jackson stormed back. Post 81 got off to a big start offensively as Logan Hines started a three-run effort with an RBI single. Flint Berger drove in a run, as did Landon Ward. They added a couple more runs in the second inning on an RBI single by Bryce Wallace.
McArthur responded with two more runs in the third, but Jackson answered with two in the bottom of the third inning. The big blow was a two-run single by Isaac Kuhn's that extended Jackson's lead to 7-4.
Offensive leaders for McArthur were Jacob Wells with two hits, including a walk and scored twice. Additionally, Logan Clemmons had one hit, four stolen bases and scored two runs. Isaac Kuhn led Jackson with a 3-for-4 day, including two RBI with two hits while Wallace drove in a pair of runs.