Lewistown was on the board early with a run in the first inning
off starter Michael Lowery.
The Toppers quickly evened the score in the bottom of the
first. Blake Collier walked and stole second. He advanced to
third on Michael Lowery's hard-hit single to right field.
Shortly thereafter Collier would score on an overthrow from the
catcher to the pitcher to tie the game. Senior Jordan Luczaj's
2-double to right field in the bottom of the second inning would
give the Toppers a 3-1 lead.
A bases loaded walk to Eli Griesheim in the Toppers fifth inning
would cushion the lead 4-1. In the Toppers sixth inning with two
outs Lowery singled and stole second.
The next batter Beau Collier was hit by a pitch. Collier and
Lowery advanced bases on a wild pitch. Then a wild throw to
third by the catcher in an attempt to catch Lowery allowed for
the Toppers to take a commanding 5-1 lead heading into the final
Winning pitcher Michael Lowery (7-1) went the distance and
struck out 10 batters while allowing just 3 hits. The Toppers
even their season record at 11-11 and will play for the regional
championship against North Fulton at 11:15 a.m. on Saturday in
Lewistown. Earlier in the day North Fulton (no. 4 seed) beat
South Fulton (no. 1 seed) by a score of 9-7.
[By TEENA LOWERY]