It went back and forth all night long, but when the dust under their cleats settled, the Bozeman Bucks had secured an 8-6 win Wednesday night over the Franklin County Seahawks.
The Bucks, the top seed in the region and playing on their home field, secured two runs in the bottom of the first to jump into the lead, with the Seahawks coming back with a run in the top of the second.
The Bucks scored in the bottom of the inning, leading 3-1, but Franklin County, the region’s fourth seed, put runs over home plate in each of the next two innings, to tie it up 3-3.
In the bottom of the fourth, Bozeman scored three times, to jump out to a 6-3 lead.
The Seahawks tallied a run in the top of the fifth, narrowing the gap to 6-4, and the Bucks added two more in the bottom of the stanza to widen their lead to 8-4.
Franklin County put across two runs in the top of the sixth, but that would complete the scoring for both teams.
Starter senior Dane Mallon pitched the first four innings, giving up six runs, four of them earned, while striking out four and walking five. Junior Cody Abercrombie entered the game in relief, and gave up two earned runs on three hits, striking out two and walking one.
Both pitchers helped their team out at the plate, with Mallon hitting a single and driving in three runs, and Abercrombie banging out two base hits.
Senior Chase Crum had a pair of hits, including a double, and one RBI. Juniors Chase Millender and William Luberto, and eighth grader Sadiq Jones, each had singles. Millender and Luberto each stole a base.