The Space Cowboys fell behind early in their last game of the regular season.
But they pulled even and took control to beat the Ice Cold Pitchers, 11-8 on Thursday at NASA softball field 1. The Division D tournament starts this week.
“We had to make a comeback,” Space Cowboys player/coach Will Kirby said. “They were ahead of us. We had to buckle down and go to work. That’s what got the win.”
Tyron Childress went 2-for-3 with a triple, a double, two runs batted in and two runs scored for the Space Cowboys (7-5). Childress, 34, played baseball, basketball and football for the former J.O. Johnson High from 1999-2003. His older brother, Ryan, 36, also went 2-for-3 with two RBIs and two runs. Ryan played baseball at J.O. Johnson High from 1997-2001.
Andrew Walters and Dylan Jones added two hits apiece. Jason Hopper pitched all six innings for the win.
The Ice Cold Pitchers (2-9) scored seven runs in the top of the first and added one in the fourth. The Space Cowboys scored two apiece in the first four innings for an 8-all tie entering the fifth. Their three runs on four hits in the fifth made the difference.
Leadoff hitter Matthew Moraguez went 3-for-4 with two runs for the Ice Cold Pitchers. Derek Santiago, Austin Decker and Randy Glenn added two hits apiece. Crystal Santiago took the loss.
“We made some good plays,” Decker, the player/coach, said. “We just had to string a few more hits together.”