WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP — It's starting to become a theme for Boone Grove.

The opposing team strikes and the Wolves promptly strike back.

"We did it (Wednesday) against Washington. We've done it a couple times this year," coach Rollie Thill said. "That's the sign of a pretty good team."

Times No. 4 Boone Grove (19-1-1) answered a five-run Hebron third inning with six in their half and outlasted the Hawks 11-10 for the Porter County Conference tournament championship Saturday at sunny Senator Park.

"We just needed to score," Boone's Brett Morris said. "We knew we still had it."

Morris went 3-for-4 with two RBIs, those coming in the third when the Wolves turned a 5-1 deficit into a 7-5 lead.

"We had to put the ball in play," Thill said. "We didn't strike out a bunch."

Boone extended the lead to 11-5 with a four-run fourth, then hung on. Hebron (16-7) plated four runs in the sixth and had the tying and go-ahead runs on base in the seventh, courtesy of two Wolves errors, but Bryce Morris got Chase O'Hare to pop out to Chuck Kidd at third to end it.

"I was a little nervous at the beginning, but I settled in," said Morris, who worked 1 2/3 innings for the save. "I saw Ty (Bothwell) warming up. Coach just said, 'Let's get it.' It means a lot to everyone."

Thill warmed up Bothwell in the sixth but it was strictly posturing.

"I had no intention of showing Ty or Jeff (Birchfield)," he said. "I think that started getting them going after first pitches late in the game. That's not normal for them. They weren't getting good pitches."

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Boone prevailed despite five errors.

"We've got to play defense," Thill said. "It was a tough sky, a tough wind. I understand that. But we've got to make plays. We made enough of 'em, I guess."

Hebron's three early miscues contributed heavily to the Wolves' first seven runs, only two of which were earned against Jake Everaert.

"I expected a little slugfest. I expected us to make better plays the first four innings," Hawks coach John Steinhilber said. "We've got a lot of sophomores and juniors. A lot of them were seeing this for the first time. It took a while to settle down. Jake pitched well. He should've been out of the second inning. He should've been out of the first inning."

In addition to Brett Morris, Brett Adler and Tristen Hesser drove in two runs and David Sorrell had two hits for Boone.

"It was big, seeing the younger step up for us," Kidd, the mental attitude award winner, said. "It was just keeping focused, keeping the guys in the game."

Logan Ryan, Hunter Ryan, Luke Woodward and Mark Martin all had two hits for Hebron. Travis Patrick knocked in three runs and Tyler Patrick two.

"People may not think it, but I think we're a totally different team than (Boone) saw the first time," Steinhilber said. "We've made a lot of steps. It's no time to cry over spilled milk. We've got to get back at it Monday and get better. You've got to play for tomorrow."

The teams will meet again Friday in the Class 2A Wheeler Sectional.

"We're happy about it," Kidd said, "but we're not going to let it get to our heads."

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Jim was keeping standings on his chalkboard from the time he could print and keeping kickball stats in grade school at St. Bridget's. He covers all manner of prep sports for The Times and is a long-suffering Chicago Cubs fan.