Garrett Voyles took the loss on the mound. He allowed six earned, off of seven hits, in five innings of work. BH LaVigne threw the final inning after a leadoff walk by Voyles, and allowed four runs.
Lithia threatened to score in the top of the fourth inning when Austin Blair led off with a walk, Tylen Walker singled, and Dillon Sims reached on an error by the third baseman after a sacrifice bunt attempt. The Lions had the bases loaded with no outs.
However, Allatoona starting pitcher Ian McClustry was able to pitch out of the jam, striking out Justince Fehr, and getting Morris Ellison to hit into a double play.
Lithia has struggled at late due to injuries. The team has lost their starting shortstop, Tre Baldwin, to an back issue. He is out indefinitely. Also, on Monday, the Lions lost starting third baseman Tarik Dzanic when he had to have an emergency appendectomy.
“I am proud of the way these kids are playing,” said LSHS coach John Fulkerson. “We have had to play a people that have not played this year and they did a good job. Take away the first and the last inning and this was a good game.”
NMHS at Rome
The Jags fell at Rome Wednesday, 13-1 in a five inning mercy shortened game.
Tyler Smith started the game and threw well, walking on one batter, but the defense struggled behind him making mental mistakes and errors according to New Manchester coach Chuck Walker.
Rome put the game away in the fourth inning, pushing seven runners across the plate.
The Jags got their lone run in the second when Anthony Kempson singled, took second on an error by the pitcher, advanced to third on a sacrifice fly by Jacob Bartlett, and scored on a groundout by Austin Bell.