The high school baseball game between Camden Hills and Oceanside Friday afternoon, April 26 was indeed a wild one.

A wild game that ended on a wild pitch.

The Mariners (2-3) erased a 4-0 deficit early in the game, rallied to tie the contest in the bottom of the sixth inning and won it in the bottom of the seventh when pinch runner Matt Zable scampered home on a wild pitch to give the hosts a thrilling 6-5 win.

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Leading the Mariners at the plate were Nick Judge (single, 2 runs, 2 stolen bases), J.T. Tobin (single), Nick Mazurek (single), Dan Hendricks (2 singles), Zach Peaco (2 singles),  Zable (2 runs) and Ryan Allender (2 singles, 2 runs)

Leading the Windjammers (2-2) at the dish were Joe Chamberlain (2 singles, run), Aubrey Pennington (double, run), Connor Hart (single, run), Chandler Crans (double, run) and Alex Crans (double, run).

Mazurek and Judge pitched for Oceanside, allowing a combined six hits and three walks, with 10 strikeouts. Chandler Crans, Eliot Grindle and Connor Graffam pitched for Camden Hills, scattering nine hits and four walks, with five strikeouts.

“Everybody contributed today,” said Oceanside coach Don Shields. “Everyone that got out there contributed something positive to our team and I'm ecstatic. It's a great win for us.

“It was a big game and we needed it.”

"We didn't finish today, but give the Mariners credit," said Camden Hills coach Jeff Hart. "They kept plugging away, and came back and beat us. I know everyone can focus on us not holding the lead, but we had chances to blow it open and squandered a big chance with the bases loaded and one out in the sixth. We'll have a short memory and come back strong next week."

Down 4-0 early in the game, coach Shields delivered a message to his club.

“I just said, 'Guys, the game is not over, we just have to keep playing hard' and they did,” he said. “Nick Maz[urek] threw a lot of pitches today and they finally got to him a little bit [late]. Nick Judge, who hasn't pitched a lot for us, came in and just gutted out the last two-plus innings and just did a great job.”

With Oceanside trailing 5-2 in the bottom of the sixth inning, Peaco singled to start the stanza, and Zable pinch ran for him. Zable scurried to third on a single by Allender to put runners at the corners.

A wild pitch later in the inning plated Zable, which also was ball four to Judge, which put runners at the corners again as Allender moved to third and Judge walked to first base.

Judge stole second base prior to an RBI-groundout by Zac Roman up the first-base line, a ball that allowed Allender to sneak in the back door to the plate to bring Oceanside within 5-4.

The Mariners then tied the game on Drew Townsend's sacrifice fly, which plated Judge.

After Camden Hills failed to score in the top of the seventh, Zable drew a one-out walk. Allender singled and another walk was issued to Judge to load the bases for Oceanside.

Despite nice work by Windjammer catcher Alex Crans to block a few would-be passed balls/wild pitches in the inning, Graffam threw one out of the zone and to the backstop, which allowed Zable to score the winning run.

Camden Hills took a 2-0 lead in the fourth inning on an RBI-double by Chandler Crans, who later scored on an error. The Windjammers then doubled their lead in the fifth on an RBI-double by Pennington, who also scored on an error later in the inning.

Oceanside cut its deficit to 4-2 in the fifth inning on back-to-back RBI-hits by Mazurek and Hendricks, while Camden Hills took a 5-2 lead in the top of the sixth on an RBI-single by Chamberlain.

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