Junior Michael Lowery was handed the ball to start at 4:30 p.m., and
he quickly struck out the side to open the game.
In the Toppers' half of the first, it was Blake Collier leading
off with a triple and scoring the first run on a wild pitch. After a
walk to Jordan Luczaj and a pitch inside to Lowery, which managed to
graze him and allow him to take first, cleanup hitter Beau Collier
singled to give Mount Pulaski an early 2-0 lead.
Delavan came back in the second inning to score a run off Lowery,
but that would be the only run they would put on the board.
In the Toppers' half of the third inning, Lowery again was hit by
a pitch, and a stolen base and wild throw led to the Toppers leading
Delavan would load the bases in the fourth and fifth innings, but
failed to score each time, with Lowery ending those innings with
Moving quickly to the bottom of the fifth inning, the Toppers
scored a season-high of eight runs in an inning. A lead-off walk to
Luczaj and a double by Lowery allowed Matthew Amidon to come up big
with an RBI double. Caleb Pryzkopanski followed with an RBI single,
and Brett Huff would continue to add to the Toppers' lead with a
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As the Toppers batted around in the bottom of the fifth, Blake
Collier reached on a fielder's choice and quickly stole second. He
would come home to score on a wild throw into center by the Delavan
catcher to end the game, with the Toppers winning by the 10-run
Lowery (3-0) struck out a season-high 12 batters.
The Toppers improved to 5-4 on the season.
Mount Pulaski travels to Decatur Lutheran on Saturday for a 2
[By TEENA LOWERY]