After ending a four-game skid with an 8-7 win over McMinn Central, 7-13, the Loudon Redskins, 17-7 (6-4), stumbled again, falling 13-3 Monday at Kingston, 13-9 (7-3).
It was Loudon's turn to host in the home-and-home series Tuesday night and the team responded by winning 8-4.
Kingston jumped on top early, hitting pitcher Corey Powell with three consecutive singles to start the game, then executing a double steal to grab a 2-0 lead with nobody out.
Powell responded by retiring the next three batters, striking out one. He would allow just two earned runs in the game, striking out nine and working his way out of two bases loaded jams without any damage.
"I've been kind of sick so I didn't have my best stuff," Powell said. "Toward the end of the game I started mixing up speeds, hitting my spots a little better. You've just got to have faith in yourself, faith in your teammates and be tough mentally."
Loudon's offense rode the hot bat of Caleb Holt, who reached in every appearance and scored twice. The team also showed good patience at the plate as the team walked six times and finished with an on base percentage of .394.
"I'm just glad I'm back out here," Holt, who missed several games last week with an illness, said. "I got glasses, I didn't have glasses before, I don't know if that had anything to do with it."
Loudon will begin a weekend tournament Wednesday as they host Harriman, 5:30 p.m.
"We're going to get a lot of playing in," Loudon coach Bill Thompson said. "We'll get our pitchers some work. These tournaments help us a lot, that's why we have so many of them."
Loudon will finish the regular season Monday when they travel to McMinn Central.
Tournament play will begin Thursday, May 3. The first round of play will be hosted by the Catholic Academy of Knoxville.