The Lewisville Lions split a pair of games in the opening round of the Class A Upper State baseball and softball playoffs on Saturday at Richburg.
The Lewisville softball team tooka 5-4 win over the Fox Creek , while the baseball team lost 8-5 to Fox Creek.
The softball team will play at Dixie on Monday at 6 p.m. in a winner’s bracket game. The baseball will play at Dixie on Monday in a loser’s bracket contest at a time to be determined.
The Lions got 10 hits and claimed a come-from-behind victory.
Lewisville trailed 3-1 heading to the bottom of the third, scored three runs to take the lead.
Janie Colvin and Autumn Jordan singled around an infield out, and both scored on Deandra Ealey’s triple to left center. Haley Love’s single scored Ealey to put the Lions ahead.
The Predators tied the game in the top of the fifth. Betty Vagnati singled, advanced on a passed ball, and scored on a single by Hannah Culpepper.
The Lions scored the winning run in the bottom of the fifth. Ealey opened the frame with a single. Tamya Davis singled, and Love walked to load the bases. After one out, Chloe Thomas’ infield ground out scored Ealey with what proved to be the winning run.
Fox Creek threatened in the sixt with a pair of runners aboard, but winning pitcher Madison Vinson got out the jam. The Predators were retired in order in the seventh.
Fox Creek opened the scoring in the first on Meagan Matthews’ single, which scored Culpepper.
Tamya Davis’ solo home run to center field opened the Lewisville second inning and tied the game.
Fox Creek got three hits in the third and scored a pair of runs to take a 3-1 lead. Matthews’ single drove in one run, while Nicole Gibson’s double produced the other.
“This was a big win for us,” said Lewisville head coach Jerry Thomas. “We got down several times, but we kept coming back.”
The home run by Davis leading of the second was a key hit for the Lions.
“That home run really gave us momentum, after being down early,” said Thomas. “This team has done that all year. We have each other’s back.”
Vinson improved to 14-2 with the complete game win. It was the Lions third win of the year over Fox Creek, with each game being decided by one run.
2B - Nicole Gibson (FC). 3B - Deandra Ealey (L). HR - Tamya Davis (L).
Records: Fox Creek 20-7, Lewisville 25-2
Fox Creek scored five runs in the last three at bats and registered a come-from-behind win over the Lewisville.
The Lions opened a 4-0 lead after two innings, but the Predators battled back.
Obbie Sarduy gave the Lions a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first with a sacrifice fly to right to score Christian Cok, who singled to open the inning.
The Lions upped the count to 4-0 with three more runs in the second. Cok’s infield ground out drove in Nathan Turner with the first run, and Evan Sisk’s single scored John Robbins. Cok scored the third run in the inning.
Fox Creek got back in the game with three runs in the third. Three walks and singles by Dalton Swives, Deandre Baskett, and Brett Butler did the damage.
Lewisville got one run back in the bottom of the third. Austin Bradshaw singled to open the inning. He moved up on Cody Montgomery’s sacrifice, and scored on Denver Moseley’s single to give the Lions a two-run cushion, 5-3.
Fox Creek got two in the fourth to tie the game, 5-5. Darshon Broadwater tripled and scored on a double by Brandon Quiller, who later scored on a wild pitch.
The Predators made it 7-5 in the sixth. Quiller doubled home Broadwater with the first run. Quiller scored later in the inning on a passed ball.
Lewisville was batting in the bottom of the sixth when lightning and rain caused a two hour and fifteen minute delay. When play was resumed, the Lions could not score in the sixth.
Fox Creek added an insurance run in the seventh. Baskett singled, moved up on a sacrifice, and rode home on Terrance Hillary’s base hit. Lewisville was retired in order in the seventh.
“This team will bounce back,” said Lewisville head coach Billy Keels. “We have been down before and come back. I expect us to do the same, because we have our backs to the wall.”
The Lions used three pitchers on Saturday, but Keels feels they will all be ready on Monday.
“None of them pitched a lot of innings,” said Keels. “ I am confident that all three will be ready to go on Monday if we need them.”
2B - Brandon Quiller (FC), Nathan Turner (L). 3B - Darshon Broadwater (FC).
Records: Fox Creek 24-2, Lewisville 22-6