Lions earn spot in 3A-3 title game with come from behind win over Corning

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Manila scored two runs in the top of the seventh before adding the game winner in the eighth, as the Lions came from behind to edge Corning 10-9 in the semifinals of the 3A-3 District Tournament Friday afternoon at Wilson.

The Lions took a 7-4 lead into the bottom of the sixth inning, but watched the Bobcats, who had defeated Manila in their two previous meetings, put up five runs to take a 9-7 lead entering the seventh inning.

Jordan Goff began a two-run rally for the Lions, drawing a walk to begin the Manila seventh. Goff came around to score on a Bobcat error. Kyle Joyner drilled a double to put runners on second and third before Alex Richard was hit by a pitch, loading the bases. Dillon May's RBI single plated pinch runner Seth Grissom to tie the game 9-9.

Shawn Scoggins (7-4) who picked up the win in relief, held the Bobcats scoreless in the bottom of the inning to send the game into extra frames.

Zac Riley belted a leadoff triple to right field to begin the Manila eighth, and scored the winning run on Caleb Reinhart's RBI groundout. Scoggins threw a perfect eighth inning to secure the win, sending the Lions to the district finals against host Rivercrest Monday afternoon at 4:00.

Scoggins pitched two innings of no-hit, no-run ball, while striking out two. Starting pitcher Brett Sweatman worked 5 1/3 innings, giving up six runs, four earned, on six hits. Sweatman struck out two and walked four. Jay Kulin pitched 2/3 of an inning, allowing three runs, all unearned, on two hits.

Dillon May led the Lions at the plate, going 3-4 with an RBI while scoring twice. Sweatman had a pair of hits and three RBI with one run scored. Reinhart was 2-4, including a double, two RBI and two runs scored. Riley singled, tripled, drove in a run and crossed the plate three times while Scoggins added a pair of singles. Joyner doubled while Kulin and Richard both singled.

The Lions (14-7) began the tournament by drubbing Piggott 11-1 Friday afternoon in a five inning game. Manila scored twice in both the first and second innings, added a run in the third and put the game away with a six run fourth inning.

Scoggins pitched five strong innings, allowing one unearned run to pick up the win. The left hander allowed just one hit while striking out three Mohawks.

Kulin went 2-3 with an RBI and two runs scored. Sweatman had a pair of hits and drove in a run while May was 2-3 with three runs scored. Reinhart bashed a bases clearing triple, highlighting Manila's six run fourth inning.

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