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Childress homer sparks Brighton comeback win over Ripley

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Brighton senior Kolten Childress, shown here hauling in a fly ball, hit a three-run homer in the bottom of the seventh against Ripley Friday to force extra innings. BHS won it in the eighth, 11-10. Photo by Jeff Ireland

After dropping a pair district games to Dyer County earlier in the week, Brighton was in need of a win Friday night at home against Ripley. 

And they got it in dramatic fashion. 

Brighton scored four runs in the bottom of the seventh to force extra innings before Nate Newman came up with a two-out, RBI single in the bottom of the eighth for a wild 11-10 win. 

A three-run homer by Kolten Childress in the seventh was the key hit that forced extra innings. 

The Cardinals (11-10) led 4-0 through three innings before Ripley rallied to take a 10-6 lead into bottom of the seventh. 

Newman was 3 for 5 with a double and two RBIs and Colby Poston doubled, singled and drove in three runs. Bentley Jones and Matt Jacome each doubled and Brighton had six extra-base hits. 

Tanner McDivitt had a pair of hits and Chase Kidd added a single. 

Colton Hathcock struck out the side in the eighth, the only inning he pitched, to set up the dramatic finish and earn the win. 

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