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BASEBALL: Lockwood pitches Titans to win over Woodhaven in extras(PHOTO)

Photo by Dave Chapman.

In a game where both starting pitchers showed off their durability, the Southgate Anderson baseball team edged out visiting Woodhaven 3-2 in extra innings on Tuesday.

For Southgate (4-2, 3-1) pitcher Josh Lockwood threw eight innings and didn’t allow an earned run. The senior hurler threw more than 100 pitches, struck out 10 batters and allowed only two hits.

Anderson Coach Dave Fast said Lockwood is a fierce competitor who doesn’t like to turn the ball over to someone else when he’s on the mound.

“He’s a bulldog to try and get out of there because he likes to compete,” Fast said. “He would have probably went the ninth, tenth, eleventh and twelfth.”

Bradley Connochie was on the hill for Woodhaven (1-2, 1-2) for the full nine innings and also threw more than 100 pitches. He worked out of an early jam and stuck around to scatter only six hits and five walks in the game.

The final hit Connochie gave up, however, was a ninth-inning single to Southgate’s Bobby Bellon, who eventually reached third base following a walk and a fielder’s choice.

With a runner on first, as well, Anderson’s Tyler Pinkowski hit a hard ground ball up the middle, which was quickly snagged by Woodhaven shortstop Layne Gusler. He tossed it to second for one out, but an inning-ending double play attempt failed and a hard-charging Bellon scored from third to give his team the 3-2 victory.

With both pitchers looking sharp, and each squad playing tough defense, runs were at a premium.

The first for the Titans came courtesy of an RBI single from Greg Galetto, who drove in leadoff hitter Paul Sullivan in the first inning. An ensuing double play squashed any hopes of an early Southgate rally.

Woodhaven grabbed a 2-1 lead in the fourth inning, taking advantage of a walk, two errors and a wild pitch. Andrew Dayfield and Zachery Tallman both scored for the Warriors in the inning.

Southgate threatened in its half of the fourth, getting two runners on, but Connochie got two ground balls to end the inning.

In bottom of the fifth, the Titans were able to tie it up as Shane Freitag knocked in Sullivan with an RBI single to make it a 2-2 game.

Both Lockwood and Connochie dominated the sixth and seventh innings, halting any production from either offense and sending the game into extra innings.

For a brief moment, in the eighth inning, it looked as if Woodhaven would take the lead.

With Dayfield already on first, Tallman hammered a pitch from Lockwood that looked like it would hit the fence in deep centerfield and score at least one run.

Sullivan, playing center for Anderson, chased down Tallman’s blast and made a highlight reel catch. As he made the grab, the speedy senior crashed hard into the fence, but hung onto the ball for the out.

The Titans’ relief was only temporary, however, as Gusler then came up and drilled a two-out double for his team.

Fortunately for Southgate, Dayfield was held up at the third and Lockwood got the following hitter to ground out, which ended the inning.

Lockwood was relieved in the top of the ninth by Tyler Hall, who quickly shut down the Warriors and carried his team into the bottom half of the inning still tied. With dark skies rolling in, and heavy rains only minutes away, the Titans used the inning to claim their fourth win of the season.

Woodhaven Coach Bob Kloss said Tuesday’s contest was a tough defeat, but he is proud of how his squad battled for the nine innings against a tough Southgate team.

“When you lose a game like this, you hate to lose, but you can’t fault our kids,” Kloss said. “They played hard, they worked hard. Both teams played well. (I’m) disappointed that we lost, but not disappointed in the effort.”

Due to the bad weather about to roll in, the second game of what was to be a doubleheader on Tuesday was canceled and will be rescheduled for a later date.

Woodhaven plays again Thursday and will host Downriver League foe Trenton for a 4 p.m. contest. The Titans will be home again Thursday, taking on Monroe St. Mary Catholic Central in a non-league game, with the first pitch at 4 p.m.

Last Updated: 4/23/2013 11:06:12 PM EST

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