HALLSVILLE-- The Pittsburg Pirates scored five runs in the final two innings to rally past Kilgore, 5-3, Thursday evening at the Seventh Annual Reich Builders Classic.

Trailing 3-2, Pittsburg's Dakota Warrick walked and Ty Hammonds reached on an error to begin the top of the seventh, which chased Kilgore starter Joseph Shepherd.

Cooper Coldiron came on in relief and got Trace Burns to pop out on a bunt attempt before striking out Zack DeLuna. Cody Perry followed by drawing a walk to load the bases.

Garrett Truitt then hit a sharp grounder, which scooted under the glove of second baseman Nico Borrego, allowing all three runners to score.

Burns, who relieved Pittsburg starter Brian Taylor in the fourth, retired Kilgore in order in the bottom of the inning to preserve the come-from-behind win. Burns did not allow a run or hit in 3 1-3 innings for the win. His only baserunner came via an error in the sixth.

Shepherd took the loss, allowing four runs (two earned) on three hits with six strikeouts and three walks.

Pittsburg got on the board with a pair of runs in the sixth. DeLuna and Perry led off the inning with consecutive doubles, and Charlie Mitchell brought home the other run with a fielder’s choice RBI.

Kilgore jumped out to 3-0 with runs in the first, third and fourth.

Benny Colbert led off the game with a walk, moved to third on a single by Q. Brewster and scored on a Taylor wild pitch. Brewster walked with one out in the third, was sacrificed to second on a bunt from Coldiron and stole third before scoring on a wild pitch. The Bulldogs added to their lead in the fourth when Shepherd drew a bases-loaded walk.


Reich Builders Classic
At The Ballpark in Hallsville

Pittsburg 5, Kilgore 3

Pittsburg      000   002   3   --   5   3   2
Kilgore         101   100   0   --   3   3   2
Brian Taylor, Trace Burns (4) and Kason Newman; Joseph Shepherd, Cooper Coldiron (7) and Austin Bullard.
2B--Pitt: Zack DeLuna, Cody Perry.
SB--Pitt: DeLuna, Garrett Truitt. Kil: Q. Brewster, Nico Borrego.
SAC--Kil: Bullard, Coldiron.