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Leo shortstop Jordan Hissong can’t handle a grounder off the bat of North Side’s Brett Jones in the first inning Tuesday at Leo-Cedarville.

Scrappy Redskins weather adversity

LEO-CEDARVILLE – North Side’s baseball team is showing it has plenty of fight in it this season.

It was evidenced in a 5-3 win Tuesday over Leo as the Redskins overcame errors, a blown lead and a venue change.

“They have taken so many beatings the last three years,” North Side coach Alex McKinstry said of his senior-laden Redskins. “We have the same core of guys who have been starting since their sophomore year, and they have gotten beaten up, and now they are finally figuring out how to win baseball games.”

Facing the younger Lions, the Redskins didn’t always play well, but they managed to play well enough to win.

It was the season opener for Leo. North Side was playing its fourth game.

“(The Lions) are still trying to figure out positions and that kind of stuff; … we are pretty set, and we have known since December,” McKinstry said.

The Redskins were dealing with adversity before the first pitch, having to play on the road in what was scheduled to be a home game.

The game was moved to Leo because of unplayable field conditions at North Side’s home at Carrington Field.

North Side (3-1), which was still designated the home team, lost a 3-0 first-inning lead to Leo (0-1) but managed to scrape together a couple of runs in the fifth inning.

“They did the same thing against Homestead, where we gave up a lead and fought our tails off,” McKinstry said. “They did a great job, and I am so proud of them.”

Ethan Caywood scattered five hits and four walks to get the win. Zach McKinstry got the save with two scoreless innings.

Zach McKinstry also scored two runs, and Dakota Reinking had two RBI.

“We play scrappy and try to get the win no matter what,” Zach McKinstry said. “All of these guys have been in and out of the cage this year and are doing good. It is fun playing with them. We had a few errors (three), but we stayed in it with our bats.”

North Side got off to a 3-0 start in the first, taking advantage of three walks and an error.

Wes Sark and Reinking had RBI hits in the inning.

Leo cut the lead to 3-1 on an RBI single by Carter Davis. Leo tied the score at 3 with a pair of runs in the fifth, helped by a couple of fielding errors and an RBI walk from Ty Sproat and an RBI single by Tanner Hartman.

North Side scored twice in the bottom of the fifth on RBI singles by Dakota Reinking and Roland Deaton to take a 5-3 lead.

“We have a lot of young kids right now, and this was their first game so there were definitely some nerves that first inning,” Leo coach Dave Boyce said. “But I thought North Side played very well, and they earned the victory.

“For some of the things we didn’t do very well, we also did a lot of good things, and that’s one of them in fighting back.”

The Lions were led by Jordan Hissong, who was 3 for 4 with a run scored.