It has been tough sledding for Macks Creek in its inaugural fall season, but the Pirates made sure it had a sweet ending.

It has been tough sledding for Macks Creek in its inaugural fall season, but the Pirates made sure it had a sweet ending.

Macks Creek was on the road at Crocker, seeking its first win of the season, and the Pirates (1-13) ended on a positive note with an 11-9 win over the Lions.

“We played well offensively, we played well defensively and our pitchers made some big pitches tonight to work us out of some jams at key points,” Macks Creek coach Jason Trusty said. “It’s been a long fall and we’ve seen progress as a group. Our goal was to build through this season in preparation for the spring. We now head into the offseason with a little momentum and will look at things we can do to make our unit better.”

The Macks Creek offense was consistent Friday night, scoring in every inning, as the Pirates finished with 16 hits as a team. However, the Lions stayed with the visitors, trailing just 10-9 before Macks Creek added an insurance run in the seventh.

Tanner Smith (1-5) earned the win on the mound allowing six runs, one earned, on four hits while striking out 13 and walking five in 4 2/3 innings of work. Kyler Gabriel came out of the bullpen in the fifth and worked the next inning, allowing three runs on two hits while striking out two and walking three. Oliver Sanchez closed the door and earned the save, striking out three and walking four in 1 1/3 innings of action.

Grant English and Preston Borgmeyer led the Pirate bats with four hits each. English drove in two runs and Borgmeyer had an RBI of his own. Trever Smith had two hits and RBIs, Hunter Harris had two hits, Keith Edelman recorded a pair of hits and an RBI and both Tanner and Sanchez had a hit while Ethan English drove in a pair of runs. The Pirates were also able to take advantage of seven errors.

Macks Creek now looks to the spring.