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May 23, 2013

Baseball Lions win extra-inning thriller

Alex Weaver smacks second straight game-winning hit for Lockport


Just like they drew it up, right?
“Baseball is a funny game,” summed up Lockport skipper Steve Styrzo after his No. 2-seeded baseball Lions out-lasted No. 10 Frontier, 4-3, Wednesday, in a Section VI Class AA quarterfinal contest at sunny, breezy Outwater Park.
“It was crazy. What inning was that?” said Lions’ senior first baseman Alex Weaver, moments after slugging his second straight game-winning hit — this time in the bottom of the marathon 10th inning, as Lockport advances to host No. 3 Lancaster at 5 p.m. Friday in a AA semifinal. The winner of that game will play for the sectional championship a week from today.
“It was nerve wracking out there, that’s for sure,” Weaver said. “It was tight the whole game and we didn’t know what to expect next. But we hung in there like we always do and knew that if we continued to play our best that we had a good chance of winning.”
The visiting Falcons (9-13) threw everything but the kitchen sink at the Lions, especially senior captain Brandon Jewett, who pitched a stellar 9-and-a-third innings. Jewett (5 strikeouts, 1 walk, 6 hits), finally gave way to Evan Johnston, who came in with one out and the bases loaded, surrendering Weaver’s game-winning hit, which drove in senior center fielder Will Diebel from third base.
While Jewett dominated on the hill early on, getting the Lions out 1-2-3 in each of the first three frames, Frontier had four, second-inning hits — including three infield singles — to take an early 2-0 lead.
“I think I was a little anxious out there early on,” said Lions’ junior starting pitcher Noah VanDenBosch (6 innings, 7 strikeouts, 1 walk). “After that I had things under control.”
Trailing 2-0 in the bottom of the fourth, the Lions managed their first hit off of Jewett, a single by Diebel, but he was picked off at first by Jewett. Lockport’s steady sophomore shortstop Tyler Fraas walked and junior third baseman Charlie Sobieraski followed with a hard grounder to second, but the Frontier infield managed to make a play at second only, as Sobieraski hustled to beat the throw to first, advancing to second on an overthrow.

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