The Macomb High Baseball team took down Rock Island 6-3 on the road Tuesday afternoon. The game went nine innings, with a four run outburst in the ninth propelling the Bombers to victory. The win snaps a two-game losing streak for MHS, imrpoving the team's record to 10-16.
Macomb got on the board first, with a fielder's choice and an RBI single bringing in one run each. Junior Brandon Bickers was superb on the mound, not allowing any runs in his five innings of work. He only could throw five innings, after reaching the pitch count limit. In his time on the mound, he only allowed two hits and four walks, while striking out four batters. Sophomore Ben Higgins pitched the rest of the way for MHS.
In the bottom of the seventh inning with Macomb still up 2-0, the Bombers ran into some trouble. With two outs, an RBI single followed by a Macomb error brought in the two tying runs for Rock Island. With two runners on and two outs Higgins recorded the final out on a fly ball. The game moved to extra innings.
Neither team scored in the eighth, but MHS tacked on four ninth inning runs to take a commanding 6-2 lead. A two-run double by Bickers and a two-run single by Parker Schmalshof advanced the score to that. A Rock Island run came across in the bottom of the ninth on a passed ball, but Higgins was able to get out of the inning with the victory.
Macomb's next game will come Thursday afternoon, at Quincy High.