The Avonworth boys varsity baseball team used a 14-run sixth inning to defeat host Washington, 20-7 in a mercy rule-shortened non-section game.
The Lopes struck first, scoring a run without a hit in the opening frame. The Prexies came back with two two-out runs in their half of the inning to take an early lead.
Avonworth’s Jax Miller’s three-run double in the second highlighted a four-run inning, and the team added another run in the third.
That 6-2 lead lasted until the bottom of the fifth, when Washington batted around, scoring five runs to take a 7-6 lead.
But in the sixth inning, the Lopes exploded for 14 runs, thanks to clutch hitting and wild Prexie pitching.
Sean McAleer, a freshman pitcher who came on in the fifth, earned the win in his varsity debut and closed out the game. McAleer also contributed two hits, as did freshman catcher Noah Osborn, also making his debut.
Ryan Felter and Corey Dick led Avonworth with three hits apiece.
The Lopes, now 6-0 overall and 4-0 in the section, will host undefeated Riverview Monday in a contest to determine sole possession of first place in the section.