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Red player/coach Kirk Wickizer didn’t like his team’s sluggish start Thursday night against royal blue.

But he definitely enjoyed the finish.

Wickizer’s hit in the bottom of the seventh inning drove in the winning run as red beat royal blue 22-21 on field 2 at Brahan Spring Park. They play in the 55-and-over Rockets league in Huntsville Senior Softball.

“We started out really slow. They got out way ahead of us,” Wickizer, the cleanup hitter and shortstop, said. “First few innings we got way behind. Fourth inning we started to turn things around. We played a little bit better D (defense). We started hitting the ball into the holes. And then by the time the sixth and seventh innings rolled around, we started hitting the ball the way the red team always does. And that was it. And we were back to our old hitting ways.”

Wickizer went 3-for-4 with a home run, two runs batted in and three runs scored for red (3-1). The defending champions trailed 14-9 after three innings.

Yogi Guess, Phil Shriner, Freddie Childs and Gary Wilkison had four hits apiece. Wickizer and Jerry Cowan had three hits apiece. Cowan pitched all seven innings for the win. Mike Panko, Mike Hoy and Booger Clark added two hits apiece.

Mike Keyser hit a two-run homer for royal blue (2-2). Pete Mitchell went 5-for-5 with a double. Jim Smelser, Mark Wilbourn and Jerry Bevel had four hits apiece. Jorge Marin, Keyser and David McNeill had three hits apiece. Player/coach Bob Thomson, Michael Gundersen and Bill Hartsell added two hits apiece. Gundersen, a left-hander, pitched the last two innings and took the loss.

“That was just a good game,” Thomson said. “I’d be interested to see who outhit who.”

Royal blue outhit red 32-29. They stranded 14 baserunners apiece.

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