The win gave the Ramblers a 2-4 mark in the region standings and pushed them to 10-9 overall.
“The win was big for us,” said head coach Chris Jones. “We had a mental letdown against Ridgeland so it was good to bounce back.”
A delayed double steal plated LaFayette a run in the first inning.
Zach Carrell picked up a RBI on a fielder’s choice in the second and Justin Bradley drove in Chris Battles for the Ramblers’ third run in as many innings.
The Patriots picked up a solo run in the fourth and cut the gap to 3-2 after a leadoff solo homer by Brad White to begin the sixth.
LaFayette got three insurance runs in the bottom of the sixth. Nick Sholtz’s pinch-hit single up the middle with the bases loaded drove home two runs and Jonathan DeLay later scored on a wild pitch.
Paulding made things too close for comfort in the top of the seventh scoring twice to bring the tying run to the plate. But Sholtz got Chad Benefield on a fly out to end the game.
Levi Scott picked up the win for LaFayette throwing 6 2/3 innings while striking out six. Sholtz faced just one batter for the save.
Scott was 2-for-3 on the night. Battles had a triple for the Ramblers while Dan Brannon added a double. Tyler Caheely reached base all three times at the plate.
“We really didn’t have that big hit tonight except for Sholtz,” Jones added. “He’s really coming on for us and improving his whole game. He’s throwing well and swinging the bat well. We have a few more guys starting to hit the ball too and we’re going to need that down the stretch.”
LaFayette’s game at Hiram, scheduled for Monday, was rained out. No make-up date had been announced as of press time