Kulin's game winning hit gives Lions third place in 3A Regional Tournament

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Jay Kulin slashed a walk-off two-run single in the bottom of the seventh inning to rally Manila to a 5-4 come-from-behind victory over Melbourne, giving the Lions third place in the 3A Regional Tournament Monday afternoon at Harrison.

After Melbourne took a 4-3 edge with three runs in the top of the seventh, the Lions answered in their half of the inning. Zac Riley belted a one-out single to left field, followed by a single up the middle off the bat of Caleb Reinhart. Manila pulled off a double steal to put runners at second and third with one out. Jordan Goff lined hard to shortstop, bringing up Kulin, who delivered the two-out, game winning hit.

Melbourne scratched across a run in the first inning to take an early lead before the Lions evened things up, scoring a run of their own in the bottom of the second. Manila grabbed a 3-1 lead, scoring a pair of runs in the third.

Shawn Scoggins threw a complete game to earn the win. Scoggins (9-4) worked seven innings, scattering nine hits while fanning seven Bearkatz. The senior southpaw gave up four runs, two earned, and walked three batters. Chipper Lamb took the loss for Melbourne.

Reinhart finished the day 2-3 with an RBI, three stolen bases and two runs scored. Alex Richard also had a pair of hits and scored once. Riley singled, scored once, drove in a run and stole a base. Goff was 1-2 with an RBI while Scoggins went 1-3. Kulin finished with two RBI and a single.

Flippin outlasted Manila 15-12 in the second round of the regional on Saturday, May 10.

The Lions jumped ahead 5-0 after the first inning, before watching the Bobcats score nine runs over the next four innings to take a 9-5 lead. Manila put together a four-run sixth inning to tie the game, but Flippin answered with a six spot in the bottom of the sixth to take a 15-9 advantage. The Lions scored three times in the top of the seventh, but their rally fell short, sending Manila into the consolation bracket.

Gavin Parker suffered the loss, working one and two-thirds innings, allowing six runs, all unearned. Parker gave up just two hits and struck out three batters. Zac Riley pitched three innings, also allowing six runs, all but one of which was unearned. Riley struck out one, walked one, gave up three hits and hit a pair of batters. Brett Sweatman pitched an inning and two thirds, giving up three unearned runs and one hit. The freshman right hander struck out two, walked two and hit a batter.

The Lions were their own worst enemy on the day, committing seven errors in the game.

Riley had a big day at the plate, going 4-5, including a double. Riley drove in a pair of runs, scored twice and stole two bases. Jordan Goff had three hits, drove in a run and scored once. Caleb Reinhart had a single, two RBI and scored once while Dillon May had a single and scored twice. Scoggins walked three times, scored three runs and stole a pair of bases while Sweatman, Jay Kulin and Alex Richard all drove in one run each while scoring a run apiece.

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