After sweeping Carroll Academy in the first round of the baseball playoffs, Lee Academy fell behind 1-0 in a best-of-three series against Marshall Academy.
The Colts (11-11) trailed 5-1 at home against the Patriots Tuesday night, but came back to tie the game at 5-5 and again at 6-6. However, Lee lost 8-7 to fall behind in the series 1-0. The two teams were scheduled to play Game 2 at Marshall Academy in Holly Springs at noon Wednesday. A Game 3 would have immediately followed, if necessary.
“That’s just what we’ve done all year long,” said Lee coach Brock McKnight of his team coming back and almost winning. “We do a really good job of competing and playing for one another instead of for any particular person. They did a really good job of fighting like they always have all year long. It’s been a lot of fun to watch them.”
Lee won 6-1 at Carroll Academy Thursday to sweep the best-of-three series 2-0.
In the loss to Marshall Academy, Lee scored four runs in the bottom of the third inning to tie the score at 5-5. Lee scored another run in the fourth to tie the game at 6-6. After falling behind 8-6, Lee scored in the bottom of the seventh to cut the lead to 8-7.
Andrew Williamson doubled in the third inning, Sam Stonestreet singled in the third, Graydon Gullick singled in the fourth, and Jackson Spinks singled in the sixth to help the Colts come back and stay in the game. Williamson and Stonestreet drove in the runs in the third.
The Colts finished with eight hits.
Gullick was 2-for-4 with one run and one RBI; James Chicorelli was 1-for-2 with one run and one RBI; Russell Cook had two walks and two runs; Williamson was 1-for-2 with one walk, one RBI and one run; Spinks was 1-for-3 with an RBI and walk; Aidan Byrd walked; Stonestreet was 2-for-4 with two RBIs; Ethan Dalton was 1-for-4 with one run; and Luke Crumpton scored one run.
Gullick pitched the first five innings giving up seven runs, four earned runs and three walks while recording four strikeouts. Cook threw one inning giving up one run. Ryan Ferracci threw one inning giving up no runs while recording one strikeout.
“It was a lot of fun tonight, a lot of big time performances by a lot of kids, especially when we needed it,” McKnight said. “Rylan Ferracci did a tremendous job when we needed him to. Russell Cook did a tremendous job. We had a bunch of really good at bats. That’s baseball, though. It doesn’t go your way every now and then, but we get to get right back at it tomorrow. So that’s the fun part.”
Lee needed to win two games today to take the series and the majority of the pitching staff was available.
“Ryan Mooney will start the first game tomorrow and we’ll go from there. Everybody besides Graydon is able to go tomorrow,” McKnight said. “So they’re pretty much in the same boat we are and so it’s going to be a fun one. I’m excited about it and I can’t wait to get over there.”
The Colts were on a four-game winning streak before the one-run loss to the Patriots.
“We’ve played really well. I’m excited about tomorrow,” said McKnight on Tuesday night. “I’m excited to see the guys compete. I know they’re ready. It’s going to be a quick turnaround, but a day ahead of school and we’re going to play baseball. It’s always fun.”
In the win at Carroll Academy, Lee trailed 1-0 after three innings. The Colts scored six runs in the final four innings for the victory.
William Walker had a one-run single in the top of the fourth on a 2-1 count to tie things up at 1-1.
Stonestreet had a two-run RBI single on a 1-1 count in the top of the fifth to give Lee a 3-1 lead.
Mooney got the start for Lee allowing three hits and one run in seven innings while striking out four.
The Colts finished with 11 hits.
Stonestreet, Gullick, and Walker each collected two hits to lead Lee. The Colts did not commit a single error in the field. Cook had nine chances in the field, the most on the team.