FARMINGTON — After an early hiccup, Strike Zone settled in and moved by Bayfield in the Connie Mack City Tournament.
The four-time defending host team erased a 3-0 deficit to defeat the Bats 6-3 on Saturday night at Ricketts Park.
"We talked a little on our off day about playing from behind. We didn't do a good job of it against 4-Corners and came out flat," Strike Zone head coach Adam Morrissey said of his team which lost to the Club Sox 2-0 earlier in the tournament. "It was a good test. Bayfield played a great game. They were scrappy and did really well."
Bayfield took advantage of some Strike Zone miscues to put three runs on the board in the top of the second inning.
Two errors by Strike Zone third baseman Lawrence Mayberry, coupled with a pair of singles and a bases-loaded walk, led to the three unearned runs.
Strike Zone answered with two runs in the bottom half of the inning. Lance Lee led off with a walk and came around to score on a Beamer Wick double.
Wick followed Lee home after a single by catcher Kelton McCoy.
"It took a little bit for us to figure it out," Wick said. "Someone would have got that big hit, because we've all been swinging it well. It felt good to come through there."
Strike Zone took its first lead of the game in the fourth inning with four runs.
Ethan Spellbring and Casey Dunlap laced singles during the inning leading to three of the four runs, and then McCoy scored from third after an error by the Bayfield catcher.
Bayfield brought the tying run to the plate in the seventh inning but was unable to chip away at the Strike Zone advantage.
Strike Zone starting pitcher Warren McKenney settled in after giving up the three unearned runs to throw a complete game and strike out 12 Bats hitters.
"Going into that game, it was a must-win, and we felt he was the right guy to start," Morrissey said of McKenney.
The victory gives Strike Zone a chance to host the series for a fifth straight year, but the team will need to win twice to do so.
"It's just been win every day. We have one down, and we need to come back and do it again tomorrow," Morrissey said. "We're at full strength right now, and it's set up well for our pitching. We're ready to play two."