The Valdosta Daily Times
David Wortham raced home on a wild pitch in the top of the seventh, giving Lowndes’ baseball team an 8-7 win over Lee County on Wednesday night in Leesburg.
With one out in the top of the seventh, Wortham singled to center, stole second and went to third on a passed ball. Josh Day walked, but was caught stealing. On a 1-2 pitch, Lee pitcher Matt Mears uncorked a wild pitch, and Wortham ran home to give the Vikings an 8-7 lead.
Lowndes relief pitcher Dalton Register then held the Trojans scoreless in the bottom of the seventh, and closed out the win.
The Vikings improved to 17-8 with the win.
Lowndes took the early lead with two runs in the top of the first. Mason Miller led off the game with a walk and stole second. After Josh Day walked with one out, Zack Richards drove in Miller with a single to left. Buck Carter followed with another single to left, and courtesy runner Garrett Fuller scored to give the Vikings a 2-0 lead.
Lee County tied the score with two runs in the bottom of the first, on an error and an RBI single by Chris Mosley.
Lowndes retook the lead with two runs in the top of the second. With one out, Tyler Thompson walked, Miller was hit by a pitch and the runners moved up on a balk. Then Day lined a single to left, and Thompson and Miller scored to give the Vikings a 4-2 lead.
The Vikings added three more runs in the third. They loaded the bases with no outs. Lee pitcher Michael Reddick retired the next two batters, but walked Miller, bringing home Carter. Jud George scored on a passed ball, then Cole Bradley came home on an infield single by Logan Hutchinson, giving Lowndes a 7-2 lead.
But Lee County came back, scoring two runs in the bottom of the third. Then Andrew Stroud’s two-run home run in the fourth cut Lowndes’ lead to 7-6. Lee tied the score at 7-7 in the fifth, when Nick Bruner raced home on a passed ball.
But then Wortham gave the Vikings the lead back in the top of the seventh, and Lowndes earned an 8-7 win.
For Lowndes, Carter went 2 for 3 with a run and an RBI. Miller reached base four times in the game, scored two runs and also drove in a run.
Register was the winning pitcher. He allowed one run over the final three innings in relief of starter Cory Pope. He struck out three batters, walked one and surrendered one hit.
For Lee, Stroud and Mosley had two hits and drove in two runs each.
Lowndes will compete in the first round of the Class 6A playoffs next week.