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Lowery leads Scotland past South Caldwell

Posted Sunday, June 4, 2006

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Raleigh, NC - ­ Scotland's Derrick Lowery fired a two-hit shutout and scored the only run of the contest as the Scots blanked South Caldwell 1-0 in the second game of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association state 4-A baseball championship series at N.C. State University's Doak Field on Saturday.

Scotland, in its first trip to the NCHSAA baseball finals since 1994, is now 28-4 overall.

The victory evened the best of three series at one game apiece and the third and decisive game is scheduled for Sunday afternoon at 4 p.m., after the third game in the 1-A series between Chatham Central and West Columbus.

Lowery, a senior lefthander, went the distance in earning his 11th victory of the season, striking out eight and walking five while allowing just a pair of hits, doubles by Brad Hardee and Bradley Craig. The Scotland pitcher got out of his biggest jam in the fifth, when a double by Craig and a pair of walks loaded the bases with two outs. But Lowery got Hardee on an infield bouncer to end the threat.

The only run of the game came in the second

The only run of the game came in the second, when Lowery led off with a single. A bunt single, a sacrifice bunt and then a sacrifice fly by James Smith plated the game's only tally. Jimmy Messer was tagged with the loss, his first in eight decisions, although he allowed only four hits and fanned seven while walking two.

Scotland, in its first trip to the NCHSAA baseball finals since 1994, is now 28-4 overall while South Caldwell is 30-5. It was only the second time the Spartans have been shut out all season.

In the opening game earlier on Saturday, Madison Bumgarner blasted two long homers and pitched a shutout as South Caldwell dominated Scotland 12-0. Josh Sheehan also had a grand slam for South Caldwell.

The opening game of the series had been rained out Friday night,



South Caldwell 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 -- 0 2 0
Scotland 0 1 0 0 0 0 x -- 1 4 0

WP - Derrick Lowery (11-1). LP - Jimmy Messer (7-1).

Lowery leads Scotland past South Caldwell
Scotland County squeezed out a 1-0 win in the second game of the series
photo by Gene Galin

Related info:
South Caldwell vs Scotland Game 1 Baseball Photo Gallery