PRINEVILLE - John Thompson is the hero for the day.
The senior from Crook County hit a single in the eighth inning, driving in Mike Morton with the game-winning run as the home team edged Intermountain Conference rival Summit, 11-10, in Friday's league baseball game in Prineville.
"I was pleased with the bats today," said Crook County coach Chris Felton, noting that the Cowboys had 13 hits in the win, with one triple and one home run to their credit.
Leading 8-4 after the fourth inning, Crook County seemed poised for the win. But a fifth-inning rally by the Storm (0-1 IMC, 1-1 overall) would force the game into extra innings.
Derrick Goyne of Summit hit a home run and the Storm scored four runs to tie the game 8-8 in the fifth. Both teams scored two runs each in the sixth and none in the seventh to send the game into the eight inning, where Thompson drove in the winning run.
Pitcher Chad Howard of Crook County earned the win, relieving Morton in the fifth inning. Howard had the game's only triple, while teammate Garrett Queen smacked a homer for the Cowboys (1-1 IMC, 2-4 overall).
In a show of endurance, Summit pitcher Ian MacDougall tossed a complete game - and then some. The combination of Morton and Howard gave up 11 hits for the Cowboys.
"Both teams hit the ball well; we were two evenly matched teams," Felton said of the slugfest.
Summit is scheduled to play a nonleague doubleheader at home today against Thurston of Springfield, while Crook County travels to Molalla for a nonleague contest on Monday.