Reddies rally, hold off Choctaws in 8-6 win


Henderson State used six unanswered runs in the sixth and seventh innings on Tuesday afternoon to rally from a 6-2 deficit and defeat Mississippi College 8-6 in midweek action at Clyde Berry Field.

Kaden Argenbright led the Reddies (14-9) at the plate in the victory and finished 4-for-4 on the day with a run and an RBI. Both Austin Scritchfield and Charles Hoof had two RBIs in the win and Hoof launched his fourth home run of the year in the fifth inning.

HSU led 1-0 early on a sac fly RBI from Colton Patterson, but the Choctaws scored two in the third, one in the fourth, two more in the fifth and one in the sixth to open up a 6-2 lead. Needing a rally, the crooked numbers for Henderson came quickly after falling behind by four runs.

The Reddies did their damage in the sixth inning with clutch two-out at-bats from Hoof and Scritchfield. With the bases loaded, Hoof worked a walk to bring in the third run of the game for HSU and Scritchfield came through moments later with a two-run single through the right side to trim the deficit down to just 6-5.

The momentum continued for Henderson in the seventh, as a bases loaded single from Argenbright tied the game and a ground out RBI from Cade Tucker gave the Reddies the lead, 7-6. HSU caught a break to earn its final run when a bases loaded balk from Choctaw pitcher Jackson Smith increased the lead to 8-6.

MC threatened in the eighth by putting two runners in scoring position with just one out, but Henry Coppens worked his way out of a jam with a strikeout and a fly out to escape the inning unscathed. Cade Tucker, who earned his fourth save, did the same in the ninth, as a strikeout looking ended the game for Mississippi College with runners on the corners. 

The two sides threw a combined 15 pitchers in the game — six for Henderson and nine for the Choctaws. Mitchell Szczygiel earned the win for HSU and struck out three batters while pitching in the sixth and seventh. 

The Reddies return to GAC play this weekend when they travel to Durant, Oklahoma to take on Southeastern Oklahoma State in a three-game series beginning at 2 p.m. on Friday. 

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