The Houston Tigers bounced back from a six-run deficit to win their conference opener.

Senior Ross Wells drove in a career-high six runs as HHS rallied to beat Cabool 10-9 on the road Monday.

Wells doubled twice and had three of the Tigers’ 12 hits. Nathan Poynter, Stetson Welch and Kyle Wilson all had two hits.

Stetson Welch improved to 3-0 with the complete-game victory. He allowed six hits and nine runs –– three earned –– while striking out three and walking three.

Houston (4-4) committed a pair of early errors as Cabool took a 6-0 lead after the first. The deficit was 7-1 in the third when the Tigers began their comeback.

Wells doubled home three runs to cut the deficit to 7-4. He doubled again in the fourth to scored Poynter and trim the deficit to two runs.

HHS tied it at 7-all on Whitley Welch’s sacrifice fly in the top of the fifth. Another sac fly from Wilson put them ahead for the first time and Wells made it 10-7 with a two-run single.

After Cabool scored a pair of runs in the fifth to make it a one-run game, Stetson Welch retired the final six batters of the game to secure the win.

On Friday, Poynter had the Tigers’ lone hit in a 10-0 five-inning loss at St. James.

HHS had just three baserunners via two walks and Poynter’s single to right field in the fourth.

Poynter allowed six hits and seven runs –– three earned –– in four innings. He struck out three and walked five.

BOX SCORES

Monday’s game

Houston 013 150 0 –– 10 12 5

Cabool 610 020 0 –– 9 6 2

HOUSTON (ab-r-h-bi) –– Whitley Welch c 3-0-1-1. Nathan Poynter 3b 5-3-2-0. Stetson Welch p 5-1-2-0. Josh Hurst pr 0-1-0-0. Kyle Wilson lf 3-2-2-1. Ross Wells dh 5-0-3-6. Trevor Motzkus cf 3-0-0-0. Tanner Cantrell 1b 2-1-0-0. Ethan Kelley ss 4-1-1-0. Matt Knarr rf 3-1-1-2.

2B: Wells 2, Poynter, Wilson. SF: Wilson, WWelch. SB: Carter 2, Poynter, Kelley.

houston ip h r er bb so

SWelch, W 7 6 9 3 3 3

Friday’s game

Houston 000 00 –– 0 1 2

St. James 131 23 –– 10 9 2

HOUSTON (ab-r-h-bi) –– Whitley Welch c 1-0-0-0 Ethan Kelley ss 3-0-0-0. Stetson Welch 3b 3-0-0-0. Kyle Wilson lf 2-0-0-0. Nathan Poynter p 2-0-1-0. Ross Wells dh 2-0-0-0. Tanner Carter 1b 2-0-0-0. Trevor Motzkus cf 2-0-0-0. Matt Knarr rf 1-0-0-0. Totals 18-0-1-0.

houston ip h r er bb so

Poynter, L 4 6 7 3 5 3

Kelley 0.2 3 3 3 1 0

  • Thursday vs. Ava, 4:30 p.m.
  • Friday vs. Stoutland at Plato Tournament, 4 p.m.
  • Saturday vs. Cabool at Plato Tournament, 9 a.m.
  • Saturday vs. Plato at Plato Tournament, 11 a.m.
  • Monday vs. Willow Springs, 4:30 p.m.

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