By Andy Krutsinger, Mt. Pleasant News
BURLINGTON ? The ninth-ranked New London boys continued to zero in on a South Division championship with another win on Monday night. The Tigers grinded out a 5-4 win in Burlington over Notre Dame to move one game away from clinching at least a share of the conference crown.
The two teams battled back and forth all night long. New London and Notre Dame each scored one run in the third and one run in the fourth. New London took a 5-2 lead with a three-run fifth inning and Notre Dame scored two in their half of the fifth to make it a one-run game.
Sam Loyd, who came in to pitch during the fourth inning, was able to hold the Nikes in the sixth and seventh innings, giving the Tigers the important victory.
Loyd threw three and two-thirds innings in relief to pick up the win. He gave up two uneared runs on three hits and no walks, while striking out four batters.
Britt Noel started and threw three and one-third innings in the win. He gave up two runs (one earned) on two hits and four walks, while striking out four batters of his own.
New London had five hits on the day. Isaac McSorley led the way, going 1-3 with a homerun, three RBIs and one run scored.
Mason Porter was 1-3 with a double and an RBI. Ryan Richey was 1-2 with a double and two runs scored, and Loyd went 1-3 with two runs scored. Cooper Schulte had one hit on the night, finishing 1-3.