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Home safe: Lions roll in tenth

Posted on Thursday, May 22, 2014 at 9:00 am

Louisa utility man Jordan Spotswood (center) was congratulated after bringing in the game’s winning run.

Louisa utility man Jordan Spotswood (center) was congratulated after bringing in the game’s winning run.

It may have been Senior Night for Louisa’s baseball team on Tuesday evening versus Albemarle, but it was a junior, Jordan Spotswood, who ended up making the winning play for the Lions.

Spotswood hit a hard grounder that ricocheted off of second base to draw in the winning run and put an end to a 10-inning stalemate. The win becomes the latest in Louisa’s six-game winning streak, three of which have been decided by a lone run.

“I told the guys to just keep grinding it out and find a way to win, and they did,” said Louisa head coach Kevin Fisher.

Louisa’s luck seemed to be nearing its end heading into the bottom of the seventh inning, with the home team trailing the Patriots 1-2. But seniors Thomas Dunnavant and Brandon Carter opened up the frame with back-to-back hits, the last of which brought in pinch runner Brandon Barlow to knot the score at two apiece.

Neither team seemed willing to surrender early on in the extra innings, as the two teams combined for just three hits in the eighth and ninth innings.

Louisa finally gained the upperhand in the game’s final inning after sophomore Jake Talley was grazed by an inside pitch. From there, seniors Alex Fletcher and Dunnavant took walks at the plate, followed by Spotswood’s two-out single.

The walk-off hit created a mob scene at home plate and brought a close to a night of drama. Louisa fell behind 0-1 in the first inning, and never had the lead until the game’s final swing. The team also avoided starting a costly brawl in the fifth inning after catcher Cameron Stanley was run over at home plate by an Albemarle baserunner, a move that earned an ejection from the umpires.

To read the entire story, see the May 22 edition of The Central Virginian.