Mount Pulaski pitching was solid throughout the next four
innings, with starting pitcher Brett Huff and Jordan Luczaj
holding the Lions scoreless throughout. Meanwhile, the Toppers
would come up big in the third inning with five runs and jump in
front with a 8-7 lead.
Both teams continued to battle all afternoon in the wind, and
going to the bottom of the seventh inning, the Toppers would be
ahead 12-10, but not for long. LSA tied the game at 12-12 and
forced extra innings.
After a scoreless eighth inning for both teams, Blake Collier
would double in the top of the ninth and come around to score,
putting the Toppers on top 13-12. With two outs in the bottom of
the ninth and runners on second and third for LSA, a base hit to
left field would be the dagger in the Toppers' hearts.
With a hard-fought ballgame all the way, the Toppers walked away
defeated by a final of 14-13.
For the Toppers, Blake Collier led the offense with five hits
and three RBIs, followed by Jordan Luczaj with two hits and two RBIs. Caleb Pryzkopanski also chipped in
two hits and an RBI. Michael
Lowery, Beau Collier and Brett Huff each added a hit on the
afternoon to round out the Toppers' offense.
The Toppers as a team are batting .316, and junior Blake
Collier leads the Toppers with a .625 batting average.
Blake Collier suffered the loss in relief for Mount Pulaski.
Mount Pulaski's record is now even at
five wins and five losses.
Toppers will play at Maroa-Forsyth on Monday afternoon at 4:30 and return home to play Cerro-Gordo
on Tuesday at 4:30 p.m.
[By TEENA LOWERY]