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Heidelberg- Johns Hopkins updates
May 28, 2010 - Zach Baker
Heidelberg puts runners on first and third with two out, but Lash is out looking at a pitch on the outside corner. No score through a half inning. Blue Jays coming up.
In the bottom half, Brian Youchak hits a ball down the right field line with two outs, but Ricardo Lizcano throws him out trying to make second. Good throw, better tag from Lash.
Threw 1 1/2 innings, no score. HU's Alex Monroe walked, and was at third with two outs, but Elvin Williams grounded to short to end the threat. So far, Heidelberg has been working the count, while Johns Hopkins has come up hacking.
Normally I'd say this favors Heidelberg, but the Blue Jays pitcher, Alex Eliopoulos, just threw 13 innings over a stretch of three days in their regional, so I'm not sure that's an issue here.
-Through five innings, still no score. Both starters are inducing grounders. Lots of them. I'm not sure if either team has really hit the ball hard yet. Under some circumstances, this upcoming inning would be Holt's last. But the freshman is pitching so well I don't see how Palm can pull him. Well, with a lead I can.
- Heidelberg breaks through in the sixth. Monroe walks to lead off, Andrew Buelow lays down a perfect bunt between the pitcher and first for a base hit. Andrzejczak bunts the runners over, then Elvin Williams fights off some tough pitches to ground out and plate Monroe. Lizcano follows with a single off the second baseman's glove for an RBI single and a 2-0 lead. Lizcano steals second and third, but Decker strikes out looking.
2-0 heading to the sixth. Maybe Holt's last inning.
Holt went 6 1/3, then was replaced by Andy Lowe. Lowe got a double play on his first pitch, and Heidelberg went to the bottom of the eighth up. 2-0.
Lowe retired the first batter in the eighth, but then Sam Wernick beat out an infield single, and the Chris Huisman and Brian Youchak each hit RBI doubles to right to tie the game.
Lowe retired the next two to get out of trouble. We're tied in the top of the ninth.
Decker led of the ninth with a sharp single to right center. Gar Keen bunted him to second, then Willie Brechun singled off the third baseman to put runners at the corners.
That brought up Lash, who was 0 for 4 to that point. He hit the first pitch he saw up the middle for an RBI single and a 3-2 HU lead. That's where we stand now with one out in the ninth and runners on first and second.
Ryan Scherich relieves and hits Monroe (the third time the outfielder has been hit) and gets Buelow to hit an infield grounder that forces the runner at home. So it's up to Andrzejczak.
He lines to second. 3-2, three outs from a win, and a shot for Lowe at a win.
Lowe gets the first batter in the bottom of the ninth on a grounder to short, then retires Stephen Bejsiuk on another grounder to Lash. Then Bolyard falls behind 0-2. then strikes out. Tiffin, Ohio, you have a team that just beat theb No. 1 team in the nation. See you tomorrow night.