By Anthony Mitchell
For The Daily Item
LEWISBURG -- Sometimes, it can be just as nice to have luck on your side as it is to have straight hits.
With runners on first and second with two outs in the second inning, a ball that got away from Milton's Brandon Feltman hit the backstop and quickly shot up the third-base line. An alert Aaron Strosser on second took off as soon as the ball escaped, scoring to put Lewisburg ahead by a run.
Lewisburg erupted for a five-run inning and held on for a 5-2 victory over Milton in a winners' bracket game in the District 13 Area II Major Division tournament at Danny Green Field on Monday.
The bottom of the order came through in the second, as Colt Kline followed with an RBI double to left. After a Brock Noone walk, it was Ramirez's turn to help his own cause.
On a 3-0 count, Ramirez was given the green light and swung away, grounding a ball to Dalton Guisewite at first. Rather than trot over to first to end the inning, Ramirez busted out of the batter's box, sprinting to win the race to the bag and knock in a run.
Two more runs crossed before Milton escaped the inning.
The run support helped Andrew Ramirez to settle in on the mound for Lewisburg. Much like Michael Jordan with whom he shares a number, Ramirez finds that added hustle and motivation to help his team win which he showed on both sides of play.
Ramirez tossed his second consecutive one-hit start, lasting 4 2/3 innings before handing the ball to Nick Shedleski to finish the job. On the rare times that Ramirez found himself in trouble on the mound, he turned to his fastball and escaped a large inning.