Houston sophomore Aaron Cantrell watches the fight of his grand slam against Thayer.

The Houston baseball team finally got that elusive first victory.

Followed by another.

And another.

After dropping their first eight games of the 2012 season, the Tigers suddenly snapped out of the funk with three straight wins. An 8-2 victory Monday at Mountain View-Liberty was the latest in a winning streak that seems to have put the early-season struggles to rest.

“Once we won a game, we got the monkey off our back and had a little confidence,” HHS coach Brent Hall said. “We were able to relax and not worry about winning a game, because we’ve done that.”

Aaron Cantrell single-handedly started the streak last Thursday at Thayer. He hit a grand slam as part of a six-RBI performance and also struck out 13 batters on the mound in the Tigers’ 10-4 victory.

Hall juggled his lineup to spark the offense, and the move paid off. Houston’s run total was a season-best.

Quinton Alston, who moved from batting leadoff to sixth, was 3-for-4. Ethan Williamson, who moved up two spots to leadoff, scored twice. And Cantrell had a monster game after moving from the bottom of the lineup to second.

“A lot of it is getting a few hits and getting some confidence,” Hall said.

On Friday, Williamson threw a no-hitter in Houston’s 6-0 five-inning victory against Gainesville. The senior right-hander struck out six and walked one.

The game was the opener of the Hartville Tournament. The remaining games were canceled due to rain.

On Monday, the Tigers (3-8) scored six times in the seventh inning en route to a road win at Liberty.

Freshman Tanner Cantrell and Devin Coulter each had two-run singles during the rally.

Williamson struck out eight in the complete-game victory

JUNIOR VARSITY: Freshman Kolby Walker homered in the JV baseball team’s 7-7 tie Monday at Mountain View-Liberty.

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