Despite knotting the score late on Tuesday, Louisa’s junior varsity baseball team allowed two runs in the final inning to fall to the visiting Powhatan Indians 5-3, the Lions’ third defeat in a row.
Trailing 3-1 heading into the bottom of the sixth inning, Louisa (9-4) drew even with the Indians (3-5) thanks to the bat of outfielder Derek Hall. Hall sent a two out, 1-2 pitch past Powhatan’s center fielder to bring in base runners Wayne Butler and Cameron Carroll.
Unfortunately for the home team, the score didn’t stay even for long.
Powhatan returned with a rally of their own in the seventh, registering two runs on four hits to reach the game’s final margin. Louisa batter Brent Clough reached base to leadoff the Lions in the bottom of the seventh, but Louisa never got any closer to home plate the rest of the way.
Ultimately, stranding base runners was the key to Louisa’s demise all afternoon. In the bottom of the fourth, Louisa ended the inning with men on second and third after Carroll launched a pop out into the infield.
One inning later, it was the same story for Louisa, this time with base runners Clough and Aaron Szalankiewicz left on first and second before shortstop John Reynolds hit a liner right to the first baseman.
“We left a bunch of guys on base and ended innings early,” Louisa head coach Devin O’Meara said. “But, we didn’t play bad, so I can’t be too down on them.
To read the entire story, see the May 8 edition of The Central Virginian.