Daltyn Howell

Huntland's Daltyn Howell swings at a pitch during a game Tuesday against Community Middle School. Howell had one hit, three RBIs and a run scored in the 5-4 win.

The Huntland Middle School Hornets beat the Community Vikings 5-4 at home Tuesday in the opening game of their season.

The Hornets saw a late lead evaporate before winning with a walk-off sacrifice fly in the seventh inning to start the year with a victory.

The Hornets were the first team on the board as Daltyn Howell hit an RBI groundout in the bottom of the first inning to make it 1-0.

The Vikings answered back with a run of their own in the next half-inning to tie the score at 1-1.

The score would remain tied until the bottom of the third when Howell hit an RBI single to make it 2-1. Alex Meyerring followed that with a two-run double to give the Hornets a 4-1 advantage.

However, the Vikings were not out of the game as they scored three runs in the top of the sixth to tie the game once again.

Grant Jernigan drew a walk to lead off the bottom of the seventh, and he advanced to third after a sacrifice bunt and a stolen base. The Vikings then intentionally walked the next two Huntland batters to load the bases with one out.

With the potential winning run at third base, Howell came through with his third RBI of the day as he hit a deep fly ball to Community’s center fielder which brought in Jernigan to end the contest.

With the win, the Hornets began their campaign with a record of 1-0.

They will next play Friday at Liberty Middle School. First pitch is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.