2018-05-11 / Sports

Falcons sweep Swampcats

Story and Photos by Mike Maddock


Ben Lippen first baseman Garett Summers tries to grab a ground ball against Laurence Manning. Ben Lippen first baseman Garett Summers tries to grab a ground ball against Laurence Manning. The Ben Lippen Falcons scored two runs in the bottom of the seventh on May 8 to beat Laurence Manning 5-4 and complete a two-game sweep of the Swampcats. The series win earned the Falcons a trip to the SCISA 3A State Championship series against Cardinal Newman, which begins next Monday.

Garett Summers and Will Taylor paced the Ben Lippen offense. Summers went 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored, and Taylor was 2-for-3 with two runs scored.

Eli Johnson pitched six innings for the Falcons giving up just two hits and one earned run while striking out two.

Laurence Manning took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning when Jake Jordan singled to left and then got caught in a run down trying to stretch the hit into a double. Taylor Lee was able to score while the Ben Lippen defense dealt with Jordan.


Ben Lippen’s Eli Johnson pitches against Laurence Manning. Ben Lippen’s Eli Johnson pitches against Laurence Manning. The Falcons tied the game in the bottom of the second when courtesy runner Kempton Meetze was able to score from third on Ryan Ashe’s infield single.

The Swampcats took a 2-1 lead in the top of the third when Riley Nettles hit a knuckler off the bat towards second. Taylor snatched it up but was forced to make a tough throw across his body that sailed by first base allowing Jordan to score from first.

Ben Lippen grabbed a 3-2 advantage in the bottom of the fifth when Ashe scored on Taylor’s single to left field. Taylor then reached home on Summers’s left field single.

Laurence Manning tied the game again in the top of the sixth when Morgan Morris scored on an error. The Swampcats took a 4-3 lead in the top of the seventh when Lee stole home with two outs.

Taylor led off the bottom of the seventh for the Falcons with a walk. He stole second, and then, a batter later, Summers nearly ended the game as his left field blast bounced off the top of the fence and back in play. Taylor had to hold up at third, and Summers took second. Tripp Williams was intentionally walked next, and then Madison Matthews’s line drive to right was dropped allowing Taylor to score.

Lee Metts then hit a grounder to first base with the bases loaded and one out, but the first baseman’s throw home went awry allowing Summers to come home for the game winner.

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