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Barrington catcher Jack Lenz tags Vernon Hills' Brett Peterson (10). Barrington went on to a 5-3 come-from-behind win on Friday, April 5, 2013. | Michelle LaVigne~Sun-Times Media  

As April’s cold winds blow, a pitcher’s best friend is runs.

Early Friday evening, Barrington pitcher Scott Nelson helped get one for himself. It proved to be a rally-starter in the Broncos' come-from-behind 5-3 victory over Vernon Hills.  

In the bottom of the sixth inning, the Broncos (3-6) trailed the Cougars 2-1. Nelson led off the inning with a double to left field. He was replaced on the base paths by pinch runner Eric Dowdy, who advanced to third base after a sacrifice from right fielder Jake Petersen.

With one out, Vernon Hills (3-4) brought in pitcher Nick Newman to replace Jake Boyer. On Newman’s first pitch, he wildly threw to catcher Joey Marras. The ball scooted away from Marras, allowing Dowdy to score the game-tying run from third. It was the first in a decisive four-run sixth inning. Dylan Lidge’s single up the middle scoring Jake Coon proved to be the game-winner, giving Barrington a 3-2 lead. The Broncos would tack on two more runs before the inning was over.

“We’ve been waiting for an offensive explosion. That’s a good sign that we can get a streak going,” Barrington catcher Ryan Lidge said.

The five runs were plenty enough for Nelson, who was effective using three pitches: fastball, slider and a change up. He struck out eight while allowing five hits over six innings of work.

“I do best when I mix them all in. You get [hitters] off balance,” Nelson said. “I was able to get strikeouts, easy ground balls and fly balls.”

Broncos closer Bennett Hillestad got out of a seventh-inning jam to pick up the save. Newman took the loss for the Cougars, who got an RBI single from Jordan Freibrun in the seventh and an RBI single from Brett Peterson in the fourth.

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