NORTH AUGUSTA — Lewisville baseball stayed alive Wednesday night, staving off Fox Creek’s comeback for a 9-8 win. The Lions advance to Friday’s Class A Upper State championship series against St. Joseph’s, a team they need to beat twice to advance to the state finals.
The host Predators (24-4) never recovered from a three-run first inning by the Lions. In the frame, Fox Creek starting pitcher Brett Butler was pulled after ⅓ of an inning, surrendering three runs on three hits.
“It kind of derailed from there, it’s one of those ‘quicksand’ things, as we like to call it, we got in it and we couldn’t get out of it,” Wesley Brown, Fox Creek’s head coach, said. “We fought back at the end, but couldn’t get it done.”
Lewisville eventually built a 5-0 lead, with starting pitcher Christian Cok stifling the Predator bats. The Predators got on the board in the third inning, with a pair of singles an error by Cok and a sacrifice fly bringing home two runs. The Lions pushed the lead to 8-2 after five innings, batting around in the frame.
“We didn’t come out early and do what we needed to do and it caught up with us,” Brown said. “I don’t know why, but we seemed a little sluggish; the kids didn’t seem to be where they needed to be, mentally, and it cost and we let them get a little too far ahead of us.”
The Predators stormed back, scoring six runs in the final two frames, but fell just short in the contest. The final out, a strikeout of Roby Gillespie by relief pitcher Obbie Sarduy, ended the game and season for Fox Creek.
Lew 302 031 0 – 9
FC 002 003 3 – 8
WP — 21 Christian Cok
LP — 10 Brett Butler (0-1)
Lew — 3 Obbie Sarduy 2-5, Cok 2-3 RBI R
FC — 2 Brandyn Quiller 2-4, 16 Corey Lucas 3-4, 1 Terrance Hillary 2-3 2R