With first place in the Mid-Penn Conference Commonwealth Division on the line, Red Land beat State College at its own game 10-5 on Monday.
The loss snapped the Little Lions’ nine-game win streak, while the Patriots moved 1 1/2 games ahead of State College in the standings in the final week of the season.
After the Little Lions (13-5) scored twice in the top of the sixth to take a 5-4 lead, the Patriots erupted for six decisive runs in the bottom half. Come-from-behind victories had been State College’s specialty during the streak that began after an April 15 loss to Red Land.
The Little Lions finished with five hits compared to 13 for the Patriots. Tanner Witter went 2-for-2, scored two runs and drove in another for State College.
Nick Raquet started and went five innings for the Little Lions, giving up five runs on nine hits, four walks and nine strikeouts. Ben Finlan (5-2), who was charged with the loss, entered in the sixth but didn’t record an out after four hits, five runs and two walks.
“We just didn’t play very well all around. ... Things kind of caved in on us in the sixth,” coach Bill Tussey said. “Hopefully it’s a learning experience. You let up for an inning and it came back to bite us.”
State College doesn’t have much time to dwell on the loss, hosting a doubleheader Tuesday with Mifflin County at 2 p.m. and Chambersburg at 4 p.m.