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Originally published: 2014-04-24 13:48:24
Last modified: 2014-04-24 13:49:08

Lowder drives in winning run vs. North Surry

by Steve Behr Sports Editor

WEST JEFFERSON -- Joseph Lowder has won games for Ashe County with his pitching arm.


Wednesday night, he won a game for the Huskies with his bat. Lowder drove in two runs with a walk-off single in the Huskies' 3-2 victory over visiting North Surry. Lowder's hit capped a three-run rally that saw Ashe go into the seventh inning down 2-0.


Joe Richardson got the rally going with a single, which was followed by an Alex Laws single, which gave the Huskies runners on first and second.


Bradley Richie drove in Richardson with a single to cut North Surry's lead to 2-1, and left Laws at third. Richie also reached second base on the play when North Surry tried to throw Richardson out at home.


Hunter Barnes was intentionally walked to load the bases and give North Surry's defense a chance at a force play at home, or else a double play.


It didn't matter. Lowder's single to left field was deep enough to drive in two runs and give the Huskies the victory.


Ashe County finished with 12 hits, including three by Richardson. Barnes, Richie, Laws and Lowder each finished with two hits. All of the Huskies' hits were singles.


It was just enough for Laws, who pitched a complete game. Laws did not strike out a batter, and scattered 11 North Surry hits.


Ashe County hosts East Wilkes on Friday.