RICHMOND - Edison freshman Collin Scott came up big late during the Wildcats' 6-5 victory against Bellaire on Friday.
With the game tied 5-5, Scott led off the bottom of the sixth with a single and later came around to score the go-ahead run. Then in the top of the seventh he made a web gem at third base for the frame's second out to help maintain the lead and push the Wildcats to 8-0 on the season.
"These guys compete everyday," Edison coach Mike Collopy said. "At practice and at games. That's all we're asking them to do.
"Collin Scott came with a big hit, and a big play in the top of the seventh. It was a total team victory, we'll take it, and forward to the next day."
The Big Reds tied the game at five on a two-run double off the bat of Nick Patrone in the top of the sixth.
"We had some times where we had some momentum, and left a few guys on base, but I couldn't be happier with their effort as far as not giving up," Bellaire coach John Patrone said. "It's not a moral victory by any means, we're beyond that, but it was a good game.
"Their kids threw well, the third baseman made a heckuva play in the last inning, and it was just a heckuva ball game."
Misfortune befell the Big Reds when Nick Patrone was called for a balk due to his foot placement, bringing Scott home for the what was the game-winning run.
"We discussed the placement of his feet on the rubber, and evidently thought his feet weren't where they were supposed to be," John Patrone said.
Added Collopy on the call, "It was the umpire's call. It's one play out of however many plays were in the game. Win or lose I never really think one play can determine the game.
"That would make the other ones insignificant. If we lucked out we'll take it. Whatever happened happened, and we're just happy to get a win."
Edison's defense came up big to close things out in the seventh. Winning pitcher Austin Horan made a fine over-the -shoulder catch on a popup for out No. 1. Scott then made a terrific snag of a hard ground ball off the bat of Brendon Ross. He followed that up with a laser to first for the second out. Storm Allese ended the game with a grab of a hard hit ball to left field.
"Defensively we're just working to get consistent," Collopy said. "We feel like every day we're play we're getting better."
Edison knotted the game at 3-3 in the bottom of the fourth on a Storm Allese sacrifice fly.
A Nolan Marcus run-scoring single and an Allese base on balls with the bags full put the lead back in the home team's hands at 5-3 after five.
Horan picked up the victory after entering in the fifth frame. Woodward went four innings in the start, striking out a quartet of Bellaire batters.
"I thought our pitchers struggled, but they competed," Collopy said. "Clay did a good job, and Austin came in and did what he had to do."