Valdosta Daily Times

April 20, 2013

Another title for LHS

Viking baseball team wins Region 1, school’s fifth region title in 8 days

Ed Hooper
The Valdosta Daily Times

-- — It has been a good week for the athletic teams at Lowndes High School.  

Within the last eight days, Lowndes has seen five of its athletic teams win Region 1-AAAAAA championships.

The fifth title came Friday night, when the Lowndes baseball team split its doubleheader with Camden County in Kingsland, winning the region championship outright.

After dropping the first game of Friday’s doubleheader 2-1, the Vikings earned a 5-0 victory in a must-win game two, securing the school’s first baseball region championship since 2009.

The Vikings’ region championship Friday night joins a pair of soccer and tennis region championships, all won within the past eight days.

After dropping the first game of the doubleheader, the Vikings were faced with the task of winning the second game in order to secure the outright region championship. If they would have been swept by the Wildcats, the Vikings would have finished in a tie with Colquitt County for the region and the Packers would have served as the No. 1 seed from Region 1 in the Class AAAAAA state playoffs.

Instead, the Vikings will serve as the region’s top seed and will have home field throughout the state playoffs, including for the state championship series if they advance that far.  

 In the second game, Lowndes’ Logan Hutchinson threw a gem, shutting down the Wildcats all night. Hutchinson threw a complete game shutout, allowing just two hits and striking out 11 batters in the win.

The Vikings’ only major offensive production in the win came when they used a five-run second inning to take the lead. In the inning, Cam Buescher and Ty Harwell walked, Dalton Register singled to load the bases for Blake Smith, who singled to right field to score Buescher.

Garrett Fuller singled to score Harwell, before David Wortham grounded out to score Register. Garrett Hill reached base on an error, allowing Smith to score from third and Fuller from second, making the score 5-0.

From there, Lowndes held on to its 5-0 lead, using the dominating pitching from Hutchinson.

In the first game, Lowndes got onto the scoreboard in the second inning, when Buck Carter hit a leadoff home run to left field.

Carter’s home run was about the only offensive production for the Vikings, who finished the game with just three total hits.

Lowndes kept its 1-0 lead until the bottom of the fourth inning, when Camden County used a sacrifice hit to score its leadoff batter who reached on a double.

The game remained the same until the bottom of the seventh inning.

The Wildcats started the inning with a fly out to right field, before having a pair of runners reach base on a single and walk, respectively. Then, the Wildcats got a single into right field, scoring  the runner from second base to earn the victory.

The Vikings had their chances.

In the top of the seventh inning, they left a pair of runners stranded in scoring position.

Hill reached base on a four-pitch walk, before stealing second base and advancing to third base on a walk by Fuller, who stole second base before Mason Miller struck out to end the inning.

Just an inning prior, the Vikings left runners on base in the sixth inning. After Wortham reached base on an error, he stole second base and advanced to third on a single by Josh Day. Then, Carter singled and Wortham tried to score, but was thrown out at the plate.

Buescher struck out to end the inning, leaving Day and Carter stranded on base.

The Vikings also left a runner stranded in the fifth inning and another stranded in the second.

Lowndes’ Cory Pope took the game one loss, allowing two runs on five hits in all seven innings of work.

Camden County’s Wyatt Holloway, who no-hit the Colquitt County Packers last week, held Lowndes to one run on three hits and struck out 11 Viking batters in the game.