Chargers’ comeback against Harrison


WEST LAFAYETTE - North Montgomery recorded seven runs in their final at-bat to come-from-behind and defeat Lafayette Harrion  9-4 victory on Friday night.  The win ended the Chargers’ modest two-game losing streak.

The Chargers were down to their last out with bases loaded when suddenly Harrison pitchers could not consistently find the strike zone. A walk followed by a single by Ross Dyson plus another walk loaded the bases for North Montgomery. Noah Hopkins walked to force in one run and Roman Utterback was walked which tied the score at four runs apiece. A third straight walk issued to Gage Edwards gave the Chargers the lead for first time since the bottom of the second inning. Another hit batsmen forced in another Charger run to put the Chargers up 6-4 with bases still loaded.

The next Charger batter, sophomore Crew Cole, cleared the bases with a double down the left field line making the score 9-4.

North Montgomery (5-3) received good pitching from starter  Austin Sulc. The senior surrendered four runs in three innings of work. 

The Raiders led 4-2 when Charger senior lefty Corbin Meadows took the mound in the fourth inning.  He promptly retired the first seven batters he faced until surrendering a hit with two out in the seventh inning. The runner was stranded when Meadows retired Jackson Gwin on a groundout fielded by shortstop Utterback.

Meadows said he felt comfortable throwing his whole arsenal of pitches including his knuckleball.

“I just felt all my pitches worked tonight,” Meadows said. “I was able to throw strikes and kept their hitters off balance.”

Charger coach Matt Voorhees said Meadows was in charge on the mound and kept the Raider batters off balance.

“Corbin came in and did a great job,” Voorhees said. “He kept their hitters off balance and I even heard a couple of their hitters question what the pitch was he threw them. He just did what a senior leader to do.”

Lafayette Harrison (4-4-1) took a 4-2 lead in the third inning. 

A single Charger tally in the fourth inning made the score 4-2 sitting up the heroics by Meadows and the Charger hitters.

“It was super exciting to see Austin keep throwing strikes when things didn’t go his way,” Voorhees said. “We finally put some runs across the plate and we are excited about that.”

The Chargers play at Southmont at 10 a.m. Saturday before entertaining West Lafayette at 6 p.m. Monday and taking on Frankfort next Tuesdy and Wendesday in Sagamore Conference play.