Confidence is falling behind by four runs in the first inning and still being able to laugh and joke.
That's what third-ranked North County had the luxury of doing in yesterday's game against Broadneck.
After allowing the Bruins to bat through their order and pick up four runs on five hits in the top of the first, the Knights stayed loose and battled back to defeat visiting and No. 11-ranked Broadneck, 9-6, in an Anne Arundel County non-league matchup.
"I knew we would come back because we've been doing it since day one," said North County pitcher Tweety Barton, who went the distance, striking out five and yielding nine hits. "No margin is too big for us and you have to feel like that with all the hitters we have on this team."
The Bruins (10-2) jumped all over Barton's high fastballs in the first inning and went up 2-0 on a triple by Dan Gerbasi. Steve Heidler knocked home the Bruins' third run and Mike Chaney's double scored Brian Forthofer, who reached on a single.
North County (9-1) got one back in its half of the first when Steve Tomshack tripled home third baseman Mike Wooden. The Knights closed to within one run in the second inning as Tomshack singled home two runs and later scored on a base hit by Barton.
"I was proud of the way Tweety battled back because they were hitting him pretty hard," said Knights coach Don Usewick.
"We've fallen behind several times this year, usually in the first inning, and each of those games, we've won. It worries me when we fall behind, but it doesn't worry them and that's all that counts."
Joe Hizon's sacrifice fly to center tied the score at 5 in the fifth inning and Scott Shamleffer put the Knights ahead when he knocked home Wayne Fuerherd.
"The big thing was, we made more mistakes than they did defensively," said Broadneck coach Mark Stover. "We hit their guy well the whole game, but to his credit, he started mixing speeds a little bit better and got stronger as the game went along."