Mount de Sales rallies to force Game 3

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Adam Leverett pitched a four-hitter and Mount de Sales rallied late from a one-run deficit to take the second game of their GHSA Class 1A private school baseball series with Prince Avenue Christian, winning 3-1 to force a decisive third game, scheduled for 5 p.m. Thursday.

Prince Avenue Christian won the first game 3-1.

Three who mattered

Leverett: The senior right-hander struggled in the first few innings but settled down to pitch a complete game. Leverett gave up only one hit in the final five innings while striking out 11 hitters.

Jack Lipson: The senior pitched a complete game in the first game but was the tough luck loser. The No. 3 hitter was hitless in his first five at-bats in the series but came back with two hits late in the second game, with the second hit giving Mount de Sales a two-run lead heading into the sixth inning.

Zack Tong: the senior second baseman for Mount de Sales had three hits in the two games and kept his team in the first game with two hits and a great defensive play.

Turning point

Mount de Sales tied the game in the fifth with a run and then scratched out two runs in the sixth without getting a ball out of the infield. Pinkney Gilchrist led off with a walk and an out later Carson Riley reached on an infield hit. Chad Larkin followed with another infield hit, and Gilchrist scored on a throwing error. Lipson then delivered another infield hit to deep shortstop to score another run. Leverett closed the door on Prince Avenue to force the third game.

They said it

Leverett on his performance: “We were all a little down after the first game, and it took me awhile to get going. I was saved by a great double play by Zack Tong to get me out of the first, and I felt like I was struggling the first three innings. After that I got in a good groove and just wanted to do what I could to get the win.”

Leverett on whether he was frustrated by the lack of runs: “It was a little frustrating, but I wasn’t helping things with the way I hit. I just wanted to keep my team in the game, and I always believed that we would get the runs we needed. We as a team are not ready to quit playing.”

Mount de Sales head coach Bubba Pool on the importance of the bottom of the lineup in the sixth inning: “Carson Riley and Chad Larkin work hard every single day to be ready for those situations, and they put the ball in play when they had to. Both of these games (Wednesday) were just games that never gave you a chance to relax at all, but we got the job done when we needed to. I felt like if we could get Adam the lead, we would win the ball game.”

Pool on going into the crucial third game with Jack Lipson and Leverett able to pitch very much: “You can throw a total of 120 pitches in the three game series, so Jack had maybe 30 pitches and Adam has less than 10 left. We will go with Zack Tong to start with and he has been great for us on the mound this year, but has been more of a closer for us. Seriously we just feel good right now about getting to that third game, and we will be ready to play.”

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