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King bows to Hillsborough

This time there would be no miracle comeback for King.

During football season, King handed Hillsborough its only regular-season loss on a fluke play in the final minute. But this time the Terriers were able to hold on for a 10-4 win.

Both teams struggled behind the plate and on the mound, which cost them runs.

Two of King's runs came on wild pitches and a third was forced in by a walk. For Hillsborough, two players struck out but reached on passed balls and later scored.

The Lions (1-4) had five pitches get by the catcher and the Terriers (3-3) had three and walked seven.

"We have been playing like this all year," Hillsborough coach Billy Reed said. "But we have been losing most of them. It was nice to be on the winning side this time."

For King it was a lot of the same story. Inconsistency in the field and on the mound has plagued the Lions most of the young season.

"The problem is not always physical and it is not always mental," King coach Jim Macaluso said. "It just has been a combination of things. Sometimes it is things that don't show up in the boxscore. We have come back and gotten ourselves into games (after falling behind) and then go back into the same mode."

The problems again crept up on the Lions.

Hillsborough was up 5-1 in the fourth behind RBIfrom Benji Drawdy, Jeremy Earle and Robert McIntyre off King starter Kody White (0-1). In the fifth, King took advantage of some wildness to get back in the game.

After walking the first two batters, McIntyre (1-0) was replaced by Charles Duncan, whose wild pitch brought in Corey Freeman, and then he walked Kody White. Jason Romano replaced Duncan and gave up an RBI single to Delvin White. A wild pitch by Romano allowed Kody White to score to cut the lead to 5-4.

The Terriers squelched any ideas of a comeback, however, in the bottom of the fifth when Ryan Anderson, who entered the game as the personal catcher for Romano, hit a line-drive homer over the leftfield fence that scored Howard Chesser and put Hillsborough back up by three.

"That move (Anderson) looks like a good one now," Reed said.

Hillsborough added three more runs in the sixth for the margin of victory.

"We either win big or lose big," Reed said.