HUNTLEY – DeKalb ultimately could not stop darkness or Huntley’s offense to get one final at-bat.
The Barbs scored twice in the top of the sixth inning to tie the score, but Huntley scored eight times in the bottom of the inning and the game eventually was called for darkness, making the Red Raiders a 16-8 victor in their nonconference baseball opener Wednesday.
DeKalb sophomore designated hitter Logan Haring was 4 for 4 with a pair of doubles and four RBIs in his varsity debut. Starting pitcher John Crosby allowed two earned runs in the first four innings and was pulled in the fifth after throwing 75 pitches.
Barbs coach Jacob Howells saw some encouraging things despite the final two innings.
“For the most part, as a team, offensively we did very well,” Howells said. “It seemed like every guy, at some point, played a role in us scoring runs. Inning by inning, we were pretty consistent.”
The Barbs (0-1) scored twice in the second, third, fourth and sixth innings. Huntley trailed, 6-2, in the fifth when it scored six, but Haring answered with a double to the left-center field fence to tie the score at 8-8 with two outs.
“Everybody hit pretty well,” Haring said. “I was seeing the ball pretty well and making some good contact and putting the ball in play.”
By the bottom of the sixth, as Huntley’s inning kept going, no one was seeing the ball well and the umpires called the game.
“John [Crosby] did great,” Howells said. “We had him on a pitch count and he ran out of steam. He’s a junior who has battled some injuries. He settled in and threw strikes. When you throw strikes, good things can happen.”