HEBRON | When Chuck Kidd was knocked out by a six-run Hebron first inning Friday, the Boone Grove junior sure didn't think he'd end up back on the mound trying to preserve a Porter County Conference victory.
Baseball's a funny game that way, and Kidd and the Times No. 7 Wolves left laughing, rallying to win 13-8 and gain a leg up in the PCC race.
"That's why they give us seven innings," Kidd said. "Not one guy on the team quit on us. I started out a little too confident, trying to do too much and they got the best of me, but I had a good feeling my teammates were going to pick me up and we'd come back."
Kidd returned with two on and two outs in the sixth and was the beneficiary of a bad out call at first on a Mike Mikulich grounder to short.
"That was a horrendous call," Hebron coach John Steinhilber said. "You never know what might happen. But we should have never been in that situation. We just gave the game to them. It's a tough one to swallow."
Kidd and Dan Gholston homered with two outs n the seventh to give the Wolves (8-2, 3-0) breathing room.
"We took some body blows," Wolves coach Rollie Thill said. "We had to fight off the ropes. How many times did we give them five, six, seven outs? John's got them headed in the right direction. They were ready to go. The next few years are going to be flat out brawls between us, Ali-Frazier. I wouldn't be surprised if we go .500 with each other."
Hebron (4-4, 2-1) chased Kidd with five hits in the first, a Chad Patrick two-run flare to right capping the uprising. Boone chipped away immediately with two in the second and chased Hawks started Zac Hernandez in the third with a three-run Jake Morris line-drive shot just over the fence.
"You can't put up six in the first, then come out and walk and hit the first two batters," Steinhilber said. "Every one of our pitchers did that."
Boone took its first lead in the fifth, breaking an 8-8 tie with a two-out RBI single by Buddy Boatwright off Mikulich. Hebron didn't score after the third, with David Sorrell gutting out five innings during which he regularly got into and out of trouble.
"He's had a knack for wiggling off the hook," Thill said.
Sorrell retired the Hawks' 3-4-5 batters in the third to leave the bases loaded, a sequence that proved crucial as the Wolves rallied. Hebron managed just three hits after its first-inning barrage.
"He was very impressive," Kidd said of Sorrell. "He had my back. I'm just thankful my teammates trusted me to come back and let me finish it out."