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April 12, 2012

Vikings hammer Lee County, 14-3

LEESBURG — Some days you’re the bug, and some days you’re the windshield.

Lee County, winners in eight of its last nine baseball games, got splattered by the proverbial windshield — Lowndes — on Wednesday in a non-region contest, 14-3 in five innings.

Almost nothing went right for the Trojans. Everything Lowndes hit found a hole, to the tune of 14 hits, while Lee County’s hard-hit balls found a Viking’s glove somewhere. The Trojans were held to just five hits and committed four errors in the loss.

“We just took a good butt whipping, and that doesn’t happen often,” Lee County head coach Rob Williams said. “We got to see the other side of it.”

The Vikings (10-9) put three runs on the board in the first inning on Ty Harwell’s bases-clearing double for a 3-0 lead. Lowndes then knocked Lee starter Brent Kyzar out in the second, putting seven runs on the board to go ahead 10-0.

“It was just good timely hitting, going up there with some confidence, which we needed,” Vikings head coach Danny Redshaw said.

Lowndes sent 11 batters to the plate in the second and got two-run singles from Nick Higginbotham and Parker Armstrong. Kyzar left after one-plus innings pitched with eight runs allowed. Matt Mears, who started at third for Lee County, came on in relief and couldn’t get out of the second inning, either, and ended up appearing at three different positions before his first at bat.

“That seven (run inning) killed us,” Williams said. “We just couldn’t get out of that inning.”

Lowndes led 12-0 in the third before Lee County got on the board with Matt Fowler’s solo home run to left field.

“It was depressing,” said Fowler, who had two of the Trojans’ five hits.

Lowndes’ Dalton Register got the win in his first appearance of the season. Register, who was the Vikings’ No. 2 pitcher coming out of summer ball, had been out all season with a pulled hamstring. He allowed just one run on three hits, with three strikeouts.

“That is the first inning he’s thrown all year,” Redshaw said. “He knows how to pitch. He’s not overpowering, (but) he’s got three pitches and he locates.”

Lee County (12-6) cut it to 12-3 in the fourth on Jay Howell’s RBI double, and Pedro Cruz scored on a hard-hit liner to center by Fowler that was dropped. Lowndes went back up by 11 in the fifth on Cam Buescher’s run-scoring double, and Buescher later scored on a throwing error.

Every Lowndes starter scored a run on Wednesday, and all but two had hits. Harwell went 3 for 3 with four RBIs and Seth Evans was 3 for 4 with an RBI and three runs scored. Mason Brooks (RBI, two runs) and Parker Armstrong (two RBIs) each added two hits for the Vikings, who travel to Tift County for a Region 1-AAAAA game on Friday at 7 p.m.

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