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WILLIAMSPORT PA (August 23,2014)--Saturday wasn't a banner performance for Joshua Houston, but Great Lakes still managed to pull out a 7-5 victory over West in six innings at Lamade.

Houston allowed five in five, but the bullpen gave up no runs and the offense banged out six to pick up the slack and secure the win for Great Lakes.

The game was back-and-forth heading into the fifth, with six lead changes.

Great Lakes finally managed to grab the lead after a strong fifth inning. A fielder's choice scored Jaheim Benton and gave Great Lakes the lead for good.

Trey Hondras racked up three RBIs on two hits for Great Lakes. He homered in the first inning and singled in the second inning.

Brennan Holligan took the loss for West. He allowed six runs in 4 1/3 innings, walked five and struck out six.

The top of the first saw West take an early lead, 3-0. Zach Hare singled to ignite West's offense. A single by Austin Kryszczuk then moved Hare from first to second. Drew Laspaluto doubled, plating Hare, Kryszczuk and Justin Hausner.

It didn't take long for Great Lakes to respond as it scored three runs of its own in the first. Great Lakes scored on a two-run home run by Hondras and an RBI single by Darion Radcliff.

Great Lakes went up for good in the fifth scoring three total runs, which came home on an error and an RBI single by Houston.

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