Friday, July 27, 2012

J. Stewart Walk-Off HR Powers Generals To Win

Hamilton found itself down 5-3 to Topsfield going to the bottom of the 7th on Thursday night at Patton Park, but came back to earn a walk-off win on a three-run Jered Stewart home-run to left-center.  Justin Tilley (2-for-4, 2 2B, 2R, RBI) led off the 7th with his second double of the night.  Jim Maloney (1-for-2, 2R, 2BB, 3SB) then hit a high fly ball to center that was dropped for an error, putting the tying run on base for Stewart.  Stewart (1-for-3, HR, BB, 3RBI) then came through with a blast to left-center, giving the Generals a 6-5 win in what was a must win game for the team. 
Zack Lampkin (6+IP, 6H, 6R, 5ER, 6BB, 7K) pitched a great game for Topsfield, but was the tough luck loser.  Despite not having his best stuff, Mike Drinkwater (7IP, 6H, 5R, 2ER, 5BB, 6K) toughed it out on the mound to earn the complete game victory.  Heath (2-for-3, 2B, BB, R, RBI), Bunker (2-for-4, 2B, RBI) and Hittinger (0-for-1, 3BB, R, SB) led the Tories' offense.  Reggie Maidment (2-for-4, R, SB) also had a strong showing for the Generals.  With his walk-off HR, Jered Stewart matched the feat accomplished earlier this season by his big brother Avon, who had a walk-off HR in June against Manchester/Essex.  The Tories and Generals will matchup again on Friday night at the Proctor School.