VALDOSTA -- Jake Summers had a great night Tuesday for Lowndes, getting two hits and driving in four runs -- in the first inning. The four RBIs helped Lowndes push across 11 runs in the first as the Vikings squashed the Trojans 15-0 in four innings at Noel George Field.
Batting fifth, Summers slammed a two-run double off the left-field wall to drive in two runs after Coffee starter Wesley Adams retired two of the first three batters he faced. The next three batters all got hits, including a RBI single by Ray Meyers and a slicing double by Chris Mederos that dropped just inside the right-field line. Adams couldn't handle Joseph Wetherington's comebacker, and his error allowed two more runs to score. Three of the next four batters walked before Summers ripped a two-run single to finish the scoring in the inning.
After a strikeout in the third, Summers was pinch hit for by John Simpson, who cracked a two-run double off the wall in left-center with two outs in the fourth to kick in the mercy rule. The duo has formed a potent platoon at first, giving coach Danny Redshaw and the Vikings (10-4, 2-0 in the region) a win-win situation when he makes out his lineup.
"It's like that at a couple different positions," Redshaw said. "A lot of times, (it's) not even the last game, but how they swung the last couple of days in practice. One looked a little better than the other, and you put him in there. So far, they've made me look pretty intelligent."
Summers, who bats left-handed, probably earned the nod after a pair of doubles in Saturday's region-opening win at Houston County, but the right-handed Simpson has four homers and 10 RBI in less than 25 at-bats this season for Lowndes, which moved up five spots in this week's coaches' poll to No. 4.
"We're best friends, and if he gets a hit, I'm just as happy as whenever I get a hit," Summers said. "We root each other on. We're not enemies or anything."
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