With two outs remaining in a game gone awry, the Spoofhound baseball team's slumbering offense finally awakened.
Only by then, a deficit that grew to six runs a half-inning before rendered Maryville's seventh inning outburst as nothing more than a nice momentum-builder for the weekend.
After three consecutive well-struck triples and a run-scoring groundout made it a three-run game, back-to-back groundouts ended Maryville's comeback bid in an 8-5 loss to Cameron Thursday at MHS.
The Hounds dropped to 0-3 on the season, losing for the third straight time at home.
"We're definitely not wanting to be in the position we're in," said Maryville senior Jonathan Baker. "We've kind of dug ourselves a little hole. At the same time, we know what's ahead. We know the talent we have and the mistakes we've made can be fixed. We're still looking ahead and we feel good about us."
Maryville finished with a season-high in runs scored, but had just two hits and two unearned runs going into the seventh.
The Hounds also gave up more runs than they had any game this season and committed three errors.
After a pair of scoreless frames, Cameron used a three-run third and a two-run fourth to build a 5-0 lead.
The Hounds made it 5-2 in the bottom of the fourth, but went scoreless in the fifth and sixth.
Cameron added three seventh innings runs that loomed large after the Hounds put up three of their own.
Maryville's three straight triples from Ridge Yount, Baker, and Tyler Tripp were their first extra-base hits not only of the game, but for the whole season.
All three players scored while Baker and Tripp each picked up RBIs.
"I think it was our mentality," said Baker. "With a deficit like that, we had nothing to lose and when you think about it, that's a good example to set for the whole game. That's the way we need to play at the start. Our mindset changes in the seventh inning and we shouldn't do that. We should start off that way."
Baker's one-out triple over the head of the rightfielder led to the removal of Cameron starter Travis Smith from the game. He was replaced by Luke Hunter who gave up a triple to Tripp, then retired the last two hitters on groundballs to short and third.
Smith struggled with his control throughout 6 1/3 innings, walking four and hitting a batter.
But only two of the balls the Hounds put in play against him through the first six innings resulted in base hits.
Smith had the Hounds out in front of a lot of pitches, leading to several harmless rollers to first or second base.
Page 2 of 3 - "With me, I just missed it," said Baker. "I think the guys will say the same thing. It's right there. We're just missing it. The guys worked hard in practice. It's stuff that we can easily fix, so that's a positive. When it's grounders like that, it's usually you just miss it."
Maryville's only two hits prior to the seventh were a bloop single by Shane Owens in the second and a grounder up the middle by Jarret Cronin in the fifth. Their only two runs during that span were a result of three fourth inning errors by the Dragons, two on routine plays by second baseman Remington Stone.
The Hounds had their chances to strike early.
Smith walked the first two batters of the game, but both were eliminated on stolen base attempts.
The Hounds left runners at second and third in the next two innings, grounding or popping out to the first baseman each time.
"We had some hits, but we couldn't put anything together," said Maryville head coach Matt Houchin. "That's been the story the last two games. We're getting hits. We're getting quality at-bats. We're just not stringing things together."
Maryville starter's Tripp held Cameron scoreless over the first two innings before giving up five (three unearned) in the next two.
Cameron's three-run third began with a strikeout of Toby Smith, but a wild pitch allowed him to reach first.
An error by Jose Mendoza moved runners to first and third.
Smith made a heads-up base running play to score on a 1-3 putout and give Cameron a 1-0 lead.
The next batter, Jake Forsythe, deposited a 3-2 pitch from Tripp over the left field fence for a two-run homer that made it 3-0.
Tripp escaped further damage by stranding the bases loaded, but encountered more trouble in the fourth.
Smith led off the inning with a single and scored from first on a one-out double to the right center field gap by Tom Witt.
This brought an end to Tripp's day.
"He started off very effective," said Houchin. "Things were going well, and I think a couple times he let the ball come up a little bit. He started to get a little tired and gave them some pitches to hit."
Making his second straight relief stint, senior Lane Hermelink walked the first batter he faced. The next one, Tyler Roberts, lifted a fly ball to center that scored the runner from third to make it 5-0.
With the score 5-2, sophomore Issac Bledsoe came in to relieve Hermelink in the fifth.
After walking his first batter, Bledsoe retired the next six Cameron hitters, three on strikeouts.
Page 3 of 3 - "Bledsoe was the bright spot," said Houchin. "I thought he came in and threw very well."
The Hounds grounded into an inning-ending double play in the fifth and a pair of fielder's choices ended the sixth, keeping the deficit at three runs.
It doubled an inning later.
Roberts led off the seventh with a fly ball to left that was misplayed into a double. He reached third on an errant pick-off throw by Bledsoe.
With runners at second and third and one out, Cameron's Mikey Richardson muscled up and drove a double over the head of Tripp in center field that scored two runs.
Richardson later scored on a a throwing error by Yount at third to make it 8-2.
"It's one of those things where errors are going to bite you," said Houchin. "We have to minimize those things, capitalize and make outs when they're there. Those are the kinds of things that hurt you. They hurt tonight."
Maryville concludes the week with a pair of games Saturday against Benton and Lafayette at Phil Welch Stadium.
The Hounds meet Benton at 10 a.m. and Lafayette at noon.