BROCKTON — Nursing a 2-1 lead with two outs and senior Alex Wieland on second in the bottom of the eighth inning, junior pitcher Tommy Novick drew a nine-pitch walk to keep Lincoln-Sudbury’s bats alive.
Three pitches later, sophomore Chris Galland drilled a two-run triple to blow the game open and give the Warriors a 4-1 win over Lowell in the Super 8 loser’s bracket at Rox Stadium on Saturday. With the loss, Lowell was eliminated from the tournament.
“Our philosophy really isn’t to win or lose,” L-S coach Kirk Fredericks said. “I know that may sound dumb because we’re in the tournament, but we’re just focused on getting better and adding new things to our repertoire.”
Senior righty Owen Bautze silenced Lowell’s bats for 6⅓ innings, hurling 4⅔ innings of no-hit ball before surrendering a single to Brian Dolan in the fifth.
Dolan’s single was one of only two hits Bautze gave up while he struck out five and did not allow a Lowell runner past second base.
“Last year against Lowell — they knocked us out of the tournament — I started that game and my main problem was throwing strikes as well,” Bautze said. “That was my main mission: not to walk the house.”
Lincoln-Sudbury put the first run on the board in the fifth. Senior Sam Colello knocked a single into right-center field to score Wieland. Lowell senior catcher Chris Mansour bobbled the ball out of his glove during the play at the plate, but pleaded with the umpire to no avail that he gathered the ball and made the tag with his bare hand.
Lowell tied the game, 1-1, in the seventh. Ryan McKennedy led off the frame with a triple and Keith Lynch pinch ran for him.
Novick took the mound in relief of Bautze and gave up Mansour’s deep sacrifice fly to right-center, scoring Lynch.
The Warriors responded in the bottom of the inning, as Galland, who had walked, scored from third on Scott Holzwasser’s bases-loaded single. After Galland crossed the plate, Lowell right fielder Sean Keene gunned out Colello at home.
Novick, a crafty submarine righty, settled into a groove after allowing Lowell’s lone run. He finished the afternoon with the win, striking out two and allowing one hit in 2⅔ innings.
Galland says his clutch triple is just the latest example of the Warriors’ improved timely hitting.
“I was being patient and then, up [2-1 in the count], I was just looking for that one pitch,” Galland said. “We’re getting a lot better with our at-bats and starting to get more clutch hits with guys in scoring position.”
The Warriors will face the loser of Sunday’s winner’s bracket second-round matchup between No. 1 Newton North and No. 4 Silver Lake on Monday.