MINGO JUNCTION - Indian Creek rode a couple of two-out lightning bolts to earn a 9-6 victory over Weir High Tuesday at Muth Field.
The Redskins snapped a 5-5 tie by plating three in the home half of the fifth. Then, Mike Cottis' club added an insurance run in the sixth.
Creek's two-out rallies made a winner out of junior Dustin Rath, who battled hard through six innings. He gave way to Seth Wilson after walking a pair of Red Riders to start the seventh.
"We knew he had it in him," Cottis said of Rath's performance on the mound. "He's a solid pitcher; he threw the ball well and kept it down. Sammy Orr (Creek's catcher) kept them off balance with his pitch calls and Dustin threw a great game.
Rath allowed six hits, fanned eight Weir batters and walked five as Creek moved to 2-7 on the season.
Wilson and Jordan Yeater got Indian Creek going in the fifth when they both drew two-out walks. Alex Young laced a single to right, scoring Wilson. Anthony Young followed by bouncing one through the left side to plate a pair of runs.
Infield singles by Sean Smith and Zack Crawford paved the way for the sixth inning insurance tally. Smith crossed home plate when Wilson was safe on an error.
"We finally had some timely hitting," Cottis noted. "There was nothing fantastic about it, we just put the ball in play. In high school baseball, you have to scratch and claw to get a few runs. We did that today."
The Red Riders, now 3-6, grabbed a 5-4 lead by scoring four in the third. Ryan Mendenhall stroked an RBI double to deep right-center to spark the rally. Jeremy Swartzmiller and Mitch Viakley both had run-producing singles.
Rath came on strong after that, retiring nine of the next 11 Weir batters he faced and not allowing a hit.
Mendenhall had a double and single to pace Weir, which visits Bishop Donahue today. Losing pitcher Zac Knuutilla also doubled.
"We just had too many errors," said Weir's Bob Rosnick after his club was guilty of three fielding miscues. "We're a young team and we still need to grow up. We need to develop baseball minds. We gave up six walks and they all led to runs. You can't win games that way. We'll just go back to the drawing board."
Alex Young had two singles to pace the Creek offense. Orr belted a first inning double to left-center and Wilson had a two-bagger in the third.
"We still have a lot of things we need to shore up defensively, but it's a win," Cottis added. "We'll let the kids enjoy it then come out tomorrow and play hard against Martins Ferry."
The Redskins and the Purple Riders are scheduled to meet at Muth Field.
Indian Creek 9, Weir 6
Weir 104 000 1 - 6 5 3
Indian Creek 301 131 x - 9 9 4
WEIR (3-6): Knuutilla (LP, 6K, 8BB), Cessna (5 1K, 1BB) and Curtis; Mendenhall S, D, rbi; Swartzmiller S, 3rbi; Viakley S, rbi; Knuutilla D; Duke S.
INDIAN CREEK (2-7): Rath (WP, 8K 5BB), Wilson (7 0K 0BB) and Orr; Al. Young 2S, rbi; An. Young S, rbi; Orr D, rbi; Davis S, rbi; Smith S, rbi; Crawford S; Wilson D; Yocom S.