By Anthony Mitchell
For The Daily Item
LEWISBURG -- Nick Shedleski squared up a pitch from Brayton Rowelle and drove the ball deep over the center-field wall, sending Lewisburg fans home happy Sunday.
Shedleski's shot was the last of three home runs in Lewisburg's 7-5 win in the opening round of the District 13 Area II Major Division tournament.
"You always want to go up there and do your best," Shedleski said.
It's hard to do much better than a game-winning, two-run homer in the bottom of the sixth inning, and Shedleski had his teammates to thank for extending the game long enough for him to win it. Lewisburg went to the bottom of the sixth down 5-4 in a game that went back and forth between two equally talented squads.
Back-to-back doubles by Brock Noone and Andrew Ramirez tied the game at 5 and gave Warrior Run manager Chris Brady a decision to make. Brady decided to intentionally walk Dakotah Snyder to get to Shedleski and, well, you know the rest.
"I think when (Warrior Run) walked Dakotah, that fired up Nick a little bit," Lewisburg manager Jim Snyder said.
Shedleski started the game on the hill for Lewisburg and soon saw his counterpart, Aaron Hoover, drive a pitch near the batting cages beyond the left-field fence. After allowing the home run, Shedleski was able to work quickly through the rest of the first and second innings, racking up four strikeouts.
At the plate, Lewisburg wasted little time bailing out its hurler. The team took advantage of three first-inning errors to tie the game at 2 and benefited from another miscue in the second to take a 3-2 lead.
After Warrior Run pushed across the tying run in the third, its struggles on defense continued. A dropped third strike in the fourth inning stung them when Robbie Lentz, who reached on the play, later scored to put Lewisburg back on top, 4-3.