Sterling, VA (May 2, 2015) – In a hard fought battle on the diamond, the Potomac Falls Panthers prevailed over the previous unbeaten Stone Bridge Bulldogs 2-1 in extra innings on Wednesday, April 28th. Garrett Lutkins and Drew Daczkowski combined for a five hitter as the Panthers won on a passed ball in the ninth inning to hand the Bulldogs their first loss of the season.
Lutkins pitched the first six innings keeping the Bulldog batters off balance with his array of pitches. He gave up the only run for Stone Bridge in the fifth inning when three consecutive bunts resulted in a hit and two errors. Johnson then came through with a single up the middle to score one run but the trailing runner was thrown out at the plate by centerfielder Justin Robles. Lutkins got the next two batters to pop-up and ground out to end the threat. Daczkowski then came in relief to start the seventh inning and shutdown the Bulldogs over the next three innings recording four strikeouts while only giving up one hit.
At the plate, the Panthers scored their first run in the sixth when Trent Koerner led off the inning with a single. Jordan Brown then sacrificed him to second and Koerner moved to third on a groundout by Brady Williams. Michael Smith then came through with a single up the middle to plate Koerner and tie the score.
Potomac Falls won it in the ninth when Robles hit a double off the left field fence and advanced to third on a passed ball. The next pitch was in the dirt and Robles scored on a bang bang play at the plate to give the Panthers the victory and ignite the home field crowd as the players rushed Robles at the plate.
For the night, Lutkins had seven strikeouts and gave up four singles through six innings and Daczkowski had four strikeouts and only gave up one single over three innings. Robles had two hits and Koerner, Nick Sweger and Smith each had a hit apiece with Smith picking up the lone RBI.
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