FREDERICKTOWN — The Fredericktown Freddies made school history on Tuesday. For a while, however, it looked like they weren’t going to make it to the last innings.
Down 7-0 after four innings, the Freddies staged a comeback, keyed by a C.J. Ruhl grand slam, to defeat the visiting Loudonville Redbirds, 17-12, and complete a perfect 14-0 Mid-Buckeye Conference season. It was also the Freddies’ 21st win of the season — a school record.
It was all Redbirds early, with Jordan Lance and Skiles Haag scoring unearned runs in the opening inning to put Loudonville up, 2-0.
Taylor Harris walked and scored in the third, and Haag added another unearned run to double the Redbirds’ lead. Lance Harris and Haag crossed the plate after loading the bases in the fourth. Brandon Hawk’s bases-clearing double appeared like the blow that might end the Freddies’ unbeaten string.
Fredericktown coach Matt Smith had seen enough. And said so.
“Coach Smith got us fired up,” said Ruhl. “It must have worked because we put together six runs [the fourth] inning and we came back the next inning and finally took the lead, which was real nice.”