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March 9, 2013

Vikings sweep Trojans

Lowndes wins region openers, 10-2 and 4-0


VALDOSTA — Game 2: Lowndes 4, Coffee 0

Lowndes’ pitchers continued to dominate in game 2.

Coffee threatened in the first, but Register got out of the inning with a ground ball back to the mound for the third out. The Trojans had runners on second and third with two outs in the second, but Register got Chan Hughes to fly out to center for the third out. After that, no one got past first against the senior right-hander.

The Vikings took the lead with two runs in the top of the second. Carter reached on an error to start the inning. Harwell lined a single to left, but when the left fielder tried to field the ball, it went under his glove and kept rolling. Carter raced around the bases and scored. Harwell made it to second on the play, and went to third on a passed ball. Three batters later, with runners on the corners and one out, Smith tried to steal second. He was tagged out, but Harwell ran home to give the Vikings a 2-0 lead.

“We got the early lead, and the pitching made it hold up,” Redshaw said.

The score remained 2-0 until the top of the sixth. With one out in the sixth, Carter singled to right and Harwell walked. One out later, Smith lined a single to right, and pinch runner Martin Tucker came home to make it 3-0.

The Vikings tacked on one final run in the seventh. Leading off the inning, Higginbotham hit a fly ball that went over the left fielder’s head. He took off running, and slid into third just ahead of the throw. Two batters later, Day lined a single to left, and Higginbotham crossed home plate with the game’s final run.

Hutchinson replaced Register after McGovern singled to start the sixth. He held Coffee hitless and scoreless for the final two innings, while striking out three batters, and picked up the save.

Higginbotham went 2 for 3 with a triple in game 2. He was the only Viking with more than one hit.

Lowndes (5-3, 2-0 in the region) will host Chiles on Tuesday at 6 p.m.

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