What a difference a day makes.
On Thursday, the Perkins baseball team rallied from a 7-2 deficit to take a late 8-7 lead, only to give up three unearned runs in the top of the sixth to lose to Mansfield Madison, 11-8.
But in a Sandusky Bay Conference game Friday, the Pirates were a different team in a 14-0 rout of visiting Edison in five innings at Perkins High School.
"I'm certainly proud of our kids for bouncing back with a big win, especially after walking off the field with our heads down a little bit Thursday night," Perkins coach Ray Neill said.
Perkins improved to 6-3 overall and 3-0 in the SBC with the win while Edison fell to 6-4, 1-1.
Pirate starter Cameron Waldock (2-0) pitched all five innings for the abbreviated shutout, striking out six and walking one while allowing just two hits.
Edison's Ryan Reber, who had a tough day on the mound, singled in the first and Brandon Gurnack singled in the third for the Chargers' lone hits.
"The ball didn't bounce our way, and I think they had five hits that didn't make it out of the infield," Edison coach Sean Hoover said. "It was one of those days where nothing goes your way, and you have to forget about it and shake it off."
Reber allowed 12 runs, seven earned, on 10 hits with two strikeouts and a walk. Tommy Gerbracht pitched the final two outs of the fourth and allowed two unearned runs on two hits.
"We said from the start if we were (to be) successful, we'd have to play defense behind our pitchers and consistently hit varsity pitching," Hoover said. "We didn't do either one today."
Evan Laser, Waldock, Quentin Harrington and Joey Price each had two hits for Perkins. Laser drove in two and scored three times while Harrington and Waldock each drove in a run and scored twice.
Corry Newman added a two-run single for the Pirates while Price also drove in a run and scored. Tyler Mees added three singles while Josh Gerold singled, was hit by a pitch twice and scored three times.
"It starts with pitching and defense," Neill said. "Cameron did his part of that job, and the other guys behind him got it done tonight. Gerold was very good again at shortstop and we ran Matt Clark, a sophomore, out at third base and I thought he did very well."
Perkins is scheduled to travel to Canton today to take on host Central Catholic and Hudson, weather permitting.
Edison is scheduled to host Oak Harbor on Monday.
Edison 000 00 -- 0 2 3
Perkins 043 7X -- 14 14 0
WP -- Waldock (2-0); LP -- Reber