Gray Betts homered and scored two runs, but it was not enough as Millbrook tallied runs in the third and fifth innings to hand Cardinal Gibbons its second loss in the last three nights.
The Wildcats overcame an early 3-0 deficit to claim a 5-4 victory, and remain in first place in the Cap-7 Conference standings.
Betts gave the Crusaders a 2-0 lead three batters into the game. Michael Burns singled with one out, and the Cardinal Gibbons catcher followed by depositing a two-run home run well over the scoreboard in right field.
On the mound, Adam Bloebaum cruised through the opening two frames with only 18 pitches thrown.
Nick Brassington started the Crusader third with a double to left field. He proceeded to steal third base, and score on a sacrifice fly from Burns.
Millbrook responded with a pair of runs in its half of the third to get back within one. Zach Miller became the first Wildcat to reach base when he lead off the bottom of the third with a double into the left field corner. Doug Bell followed with a sacrifice bunt that was thrown away by Bloebaum allowing Miller to score, and Bell to reach second.
Bell advanced to third on a sacrifice from Casey Carnevale, and scored on a two-out bunt to third from Tyler Snead.
Snead shined at the plate, and in the field for the Wildcats as he recorded eight putouts in center.
Cardinal Gibbons tacked on insurance in the top of the fifth inning with two outs. Betts slammed a double down the right field line, and motored home from second base on a wild pitch to Chris Thorburn to give the Crusaders a 4-2 advantage.
The first four Wildcats to bat in the bottom of the fifth reached base safely. Greg Strickland was hit by a pitch, Snead reached on an error, Alex Santiago doubled home a run, and Coley Kilpatrick struck an RBI single into right to tie the score at 4-4.
Will Gamble was hit by a Brassington pitch to load the bases with one out. Miller stepped to the plate, and laid down a suicide squeeze bunt to score Kilpatrick, and give Millbrook a lead that it would not relinquish.
Much like he did in the final two innings of Wednesday’s 3-0 victory over Cardinal Gibbons, Kilpatrick silenced the Crusader bats en route to picking up the save.
With two outs in the final frame, Burns singled on the infield to bring Betts to the dish as the go-ahead run. After a 3-1 pitch sailed foul over the wall in right, Kilpatrick got the Liberty commit to fly out to Snead in center to conclude the game.
Millbrook improves its record to 12-5 overall, and 6-2 in the Cap-7 Conference. Cardinal Gibbons falls to 10-6, and 3-3 in conference play.
The Wildcats return home next week as Sanderson and Apex pay visit before playing a neutral contest against the Spartans at NC State’s Doak Field on Saturday night for the second annual Chris Combs Classic.
Cardinal Gibbons plays twice against Broughton next week with a non-conference matchup against Ravenscroft sandwiched in between.