Terps stymied once foe's reliever comes on
LAKELAND — Logan Browning's arm and bat played a big hand in Lakeland Christian's success Tuesday night.
The eighth-grader pitched 32/3 innings of scoreless relief and went 3-for-3 at the plate to help the Vikings rally past Tampa Prep 4-2 in the Class 2A region quarterfinals.
Vikings left-hander Corey Stump started the game but was forced to switch to first base with one out in the inning because of a blister on the middle finger of his throwing hand.
Usually efficient, Stump found himself having to battle out of jams early and couldn't slither out of trouble in the third inning when Tampa Prep took a 2-0 lead on an RBI single from John Arnold and scored a run on a wild pitch. Stump hit two batters in the inning.
Stump left the mound with a runner on first in the fourth, but Browning came in and struck out the next two batters.
An inning later the Vikings' bats came through in the clutch. The bottom of the fifth started with consecutive doubles by Adam Reese and Browning, whose hit cut Lakeland Christian's deficit to 2-1. Blake Crosby then tied the score at 2 with a single and Grant McKown drove in the go-ahead run with a sacrifice fly to centerfield.