Southampton defeats Park View 12-11

Published 11:25 am Saturday, May 19, 2012

COURTLAND—An eighth-inning run by Southampton High School catcher Cecil Lowe gave the Indians an 12-11 Southside District win over Park View on Wednesday.

Park View and Southampton are tied for first place with two losses each.

After a 30-minute rain delay, Park View got to Southampton starter Zach Vann early.

The Dragons scored two runs off a double, single and sacrifice fly. The Indians scraped a run across in the bottom of the third ending their 12-inning scoreless streak.

Mason Wright led off the inning with a single and scored on a Jake Pope infield single.

The Dragons answered in the top of the fourth when the number three batter led off with a double to the right field fence. Two batters later, the Indians made the first of their two errors, both run producers for the Dragons.

The Indians fought back scoring five in the bottom of the fourth when Josh Riddick singled to right-center, two nice bunts, and two doubles by Mason Wright and Jack Bunn. The Indians appeared to have the game in hand as they went up 8-3 after five innings.

The Dragons cut the lead to 8-7.

Southampton added two in the bottom of the inning, taking a 10-7 lead going into the last three outs of the game. Tanner Winters struck out the first two batters in the top of the seventh, but ran into trouble with back-to-back walks.

The Dragons put together a single and double to tie the game at 10-10 going to the bottom of the seventh. Southampton was not able to get a base runner in the bottom of the inning.

With Winters still on the mound, Park View scored in the top of the eighth off a leadoff double and a sacrifice fly to take an 11-10 lead.

The Indians’ Jake Pope drew a walk to start the bottom of the eighth. Lowe bunted safely, putting runners on first and second. Senior Tony Cobb laid down another bunt, and with a wild throw from the catcher, brought Pope home to score.

Another errant throw by the Dragons allowed Lowe to score from first base clinching the game for the home team.

The Indians managed 11 hits and two errors. The Dragons had 13 hits and three errors.