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Southern Fulton Baseball Brings Home State Silver

Loses PIAA Class 1A title game 5-3
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Southern Fulton’s six senior players hold their second-place trophy high as their five undergraduate teammates look on following Friday’s 5-3 state championship loss to Vencentian Academy. The game was played on Medlar Field at Penn State. Southern Fulton’s six senior players hold their second-place trophy high as their five undergraduate teammates look on following Friday’s 5-3 state championship loss to Vencentian Academy. The game was played on Medlar Field at Penn State. Southern Fulton’s first-ever bid for the PIAA Class 1A state championship in baseball was denied last Friday morning despite a seventh-inning rally that saw the Indians’ reignite their batting to bring them within two of Vincentian Academy.

A large crowd of Southern Fulton fans made the trip to Penn State’s Medlar Field at Lubrano Park to watch what they hoped would be the win that would secure the school’s first and only state championship in any sport.

For a moment, in the seventh, that win seemed like a possibility for the Indians, who had been held to three hits in the first six innings.

Vincentian was ahead 5-1, with Southern Fulton’s lone run coming in the fifth inning on Cooper Grove’s RBI single, when an RBI triple by Grove at the top of the seventh gave the Indians run number two.

Mitch Potter followed with an RBI base hit, and pitcher Branden “Big Country” Lynch then knocked out a single to put Potter on third for the tying run with one out remaining. The out was delivered with a fly ball to left, ending the game 5-3 and giving Vincentian its second state championship in three years.

The loss sent Southern Fulton home with a silver trophy, finishing a first-rate season of baseball 22-5.

Grove finished the game going

3-for-4. Lynch allowed six hits and four earned runs, walked one and struck out four.

Six of Southern Fulton’s sports history-making 11-man team graduated this year.

The Indians’ winning 2018 roster includes seniors Branden Lynch, Tyler Unger, Zach Scott, Mitchell Potter, Eaven Gordon and Cooper Grove; junior Colton Souders; and sophomores Colby Whiteside, Gabe Stotler, Dylan Melton and Josh Stocker. Keith Potter coached the small but mighty Indian team to its bid for the state championship assisted by Derek Younker, Jeremy Clingerman and Tim Fowler.

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