The Hoyas pounded out 22 hits and hit three home runs Thursday in topping the Trojans 15-8 at the Lassiter Baseball Complex. The contest was a rematch of last year's Class AAAAA state championship series, in which the Hoyas recorded a two-game sweep for the title.
Matt Gonzalez batted 4-for-5 with a double, two home runs, seven RBIs and four runs scored to lead Harrison (5-4), which snapped a two-game skid. Taylor Bowles was 4-for-4 with a double and four runs scored, while Zack Bowers batted 3-for-5 with a home run, four RBIs and scored a run.
Six of Harrison's hits, including two of the home runs, occurred on two-strike counts and contributed to six runs. The Hoyas also collected seven runs with two outs on the board.
Harrison has won three straight and six of the last seven meetings over the Trojans (7-4) dating back to 2005.
"They just had a really good approach at the plate," Harrison coach Mark Elkins said of his players. "They swung the bats really well. We'd been making progress offensively. We haven't really swung the bats all that well up until this point in the season, and (Thursday) was certainly awesome to see.
"We got some big hits with two outs, and in addition, we got some with two strikes as well. You have to give credit to our players for fighting and battling with two strikes. We got some big hits."
Lassiter's Nelson Ward, who was 1-for-4 with an RBI, started the game off in a huge way for the second-ranked Trojans with a first-pitch home run to put his team on top 1-0.
But Harrison got to starter Parker Shank in the third and took the lead with five runs on seven hits. Michael Hodorowski, who was 2-for-5 with a double, RBI and two runs scored, led off the inning with a single. Hits from Bowles and Gonzalez led to Hodorowski's run while Bowles scored on an error.
Nick Galeotti, who was 3-for-5, reached on a one-out hit, giving way to Bowers' three-run homer. That plated pinch-runner Jacob Stallings - who was in for Galeotti - and Gonzalez for a 5-1 Harrison lead.
Lassiter responded with two in the bottom of the third. Wes Burns, who was 2-for-4 with two runs scored and an RBI, doubled to score Jared Aarons, who advanced on a walk and a wild pitch. Andy Rief doubled to plate Burns and the Trojans cut their deficit to 5-3.
Gonzalez hit a two-run homer in the fourth to score Bowles and Bowers' single plated Matt Allen. Tony Flores hit a sacrifice fly, allowing Stallings to cross home plate as Harrison led 9-3.
Aarons' two-out single scored Cornell Nixon in the fourth and Ward also came home on a two-base error to pull Lassiter to within 9-5.
A two-out RBI double from Gonzalez in the fifth plated Bowles, who reached on a single, and Allen's single scored Gonzalez for an 11-5 Harrison margin.
Three straight singles from Burns, Rief and Keegan Corley in the fifth led to RBIs for Eli Long and Audi Plemmons as Burns and pinch runner Vincent Gonzalez scored.
Nick Sexton and Hodorowski doubled to lead off the sixth, scoring Sexton. Bowles walked and Gonzalez added his second home run - a three-run shot that also plated Hodorowski and Bowles - for a 15-7 Harrison advantage.
Long's home run in the bottom of the seventh led to the 15-8 margin.
Allen finished with two hits and an RBI. Galeotti had three hits, including a double, while Flores had two hits, including a triple, and an RBI. Sexton also had two hits, including a double.
Burns, Rief and Corley each had two hits for Lassiter, which has lost three straight. Long had two RBIs, while Ward, Aarons, Burns, Rief and Plemmons each had an RBI.
The Trojans used four pitchers - Shank, Caleb Kutsche, Matt Davis and Rief - who each gave up two or more earned runs and pitched less than three innings.
Luke Maxwell earned the win for Harrison, while Connor Hughes and Gonzalez added relief over the final three innings.
"(Harrison's) a lot better team than we are," Lassiter coach Scott Kelly said. "We didn't pitch well, and we didn't get enough runs. They swing the bat and do a good job of putting the ball in play. They're better than us."