The Lewisville Lions got a complete game shutout from Evan Sisk and defeated the Dixie Hornets 6-0 in the second game Wednesday night to advance in the Class A playoffs. Sisk allowed four hits and struck out eight Hornets hitters.
The Lions (12-12) travel to St. Josephs on Saturday. Game two was necessary after the Hornets (16-4) won the first game 2-1 in 13 innings.
Lewisville scored its first run in the third inning. Sisk led off with a single and scored with two outs on a throwing error by the Dixie shortstop. That was all the Lions would need, but they tacked on some insurance runs in the sixth and seventh.
Nick Bourque started the sixth with a double to centerfield. He and Qua Walls later scored when the right fielder dropped J.P. Lewis’ fly ball down the line. Lewis ended up at third base and scored on a Jay Stevens base hit to right to make it 4-0.
In the seventh, Obie Sarduey smashed a double to the fence in left to score Christian Cok, who had reached on an error by the second baseman. Sarduey scored one out later on a perfectly executed squeeze bunt by Bourque to finish out the scoring and the Hornets.
Cok, Bourque, and Sarduey were all 2-for-3. The Hornets helped the Lions’ cause with three errors.
Sisk got out of a 2nd and 3rd, one out situation in the fourth by striking out two in a row to preserve a 1-0 lead. In the sixth, Stevens made a leaping catch of a line drive at first base with runners on first and second and no outs, and alertly doubled up the runner at first to squelch the Hornets’ last rally.
The Hornets survived a 13-inning marathon to force a second game to decide which team would be eliminated from the Class A baseball playoffs. Erec Cheek scored on a wild pitch with two outs and the bases loaded in the top of the 13th to provide the winning run for the Hornets in their 2-1 victory. Cheek led off the inning with a single to centerfield.
Lewisville scored in the first inning but would not score again. Cody Montgomery doubled in the inning and later scored. The Hornets tied the game in the third and that’s how it would stay for ten innings.
Both teams got stellar pitching performances as both starters went ten innings. Christian Cok only allowed one run in ten innings, and reliever Obie Sarduey allowed one run on two hits in three innings for the Lions. Sarduey walked one and struck out two. He retired the first six batters he faced.
Lewisville got the potential winning run in scoring position in the 7th, 8th, and 11th innings and the potential tying run to third in the 13th but could not push one across.
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Jordan James and Austin Ware. Christian Cok and Obie Sarduey. WP - Ware. LP - Sarduey. Records - Dixie: 16-3; Lewisville: 11-12.
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Evan Sisk. Austin Ware and Keaton Flowers. WP - Sisk. LP - Ware. 2B - Cok, Bourque, and Sarduey (Lew); Trevor Nickles (Dix). Leading hitters - Lewisville: Cok 2-3, R, Bourque 2-3, BB, 2B, R, RBI, Sarduey 2-3, 2B, RBI, R. Records - Lewisville: 12-12; Dixie 16-4.