TYRO - West Davidson’s baseball team discovered that patience is a virtue, even when the temperatures dip into the low 40s.

The Dragons rallied from a 3-0 first-inning deficit to come back and defeat winless East Davidson 9-4 Wednesday afternoon in Central Carolina Conference action at Feezor (Freezer?) Field.

West starter Austin Cowan gave up three hits, including a two-run single to Zach Stevens, plus a hit batsman, to get in a hole early.

But Cowan settled down, allowed just one more run in the fourth, to go the distance and earn the victory.

“He’s (Cowan) one of our senior pitchers,” said West coach Jason Lemley, whose team improved to 2-2 in the league, 2-3 overall. “He won a couple of big playoff games for us last year.

“He’s the guy if we’re going to win baseball games, he’s got to learn how to work through it, especially after getting down in the first inning. With the pitch count rules now, and playing four games in six days, once you start a guy, you’re about committed to him.”

Trailing 3-0 going into the bottom of the third, the Dragons rallied for five runs off starter Trent Turner. West got an RBI single from Doulton Anderson, and then West scored two more runs off a fielder’s choice by Preston Dalton and another run off a sacrifice fly by Austin Musgrave. Zac Story capped the rally with a bunt single for an RBI.

East got a run in the fourth, thanks to an RBI single by Landon Hilbourn.

West then secured the win with four runs in the sixth, thanks in part by a two-run double from Pablo Flores and an RBI single from Austin White.

West had runners on first and second and a run in off an error when East coach Dan Patton elected to bring in Nathan Anderson in relief. Anderson gave up the double to Flores and the wheels fell off.

"It’s one of those where I’ll have to second guess myself a little bit,” said Patton, whose team is now 0-5 in the CCC and overall. “I have confidence in Nathan to get that one more out. But the problem is, when you’re playing Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and the state gives you all these pitch count rules, you’re kind of left having to make decisions over three pitches.

“It’s a wonderful thing when the state gives us pitch count rules, then sticks us in a 10-team conference.”

Notes: Both teams collected nine hits in the game. … Hilbourn went 3-for-5 for East, while Stevens was 2-for-3 and Anderson was 2-for-4. … West’s Drew Wright was hit three times by the pitcher. Musgrave was 2-for-2 with a sacrifice fly. … East welcomes West Davidson today in Thomasville at 4:30 p.m.