The Paper photo by Lori Poteet 
Gregory Pietsch hit a two-run homer in the second inning to give North Montgomery a 3-0 lead before they lost 5-4.
The Paper photo by Lori Poteet
Gregory Pietsch hit a two-run homer in the second inning to give North Montgomery a 3-0 lead before they lost 5-4.

LINDEN – Baseball is quite often a game of momentum.

North Montgomery had it early in their Sectional 25 semi-final matchup against Frankfort, however, the Hot Dogs stole it in the bottom of fourth and held on for a 5-4 win over the Chargers.

“You have to give them credit, they hit the ball hard in the fourth inning and found some gaps and jumped on us,” Charger skipper Matt Merica said. “They erased the four run lead real quick.”

The Chargers had momentum early as they scored one in the first on Jordan Lewis RBI single which scored Devon Zachary, who singled to lead off the inning.

Gregory Pietsch gave North a 3-0 lead on one swing of the bat in the second with a two-run shot over the right-center fence that also scored Vince Gwynn.

They tacked on one more in the third, as Baylee Adams doubled with one out and scored to make it 4-0.

The Hot Dogs, who didn’t have a hit in the first three innings, saw their bats come alive in the fourth. They sent 11 to the plate in the inning scoring five runs on six hits to take a 5-4 lead. Jarrod Smith finished the rally with a 2-RBI single.

The Chargers, who had nine hits in the game, would only get one more after that fourth inning. Their best chance to tie it up came in the sixth as they loaded the bases with two outs, but a fly out ended the threat.

“We were able to get to him (Smith) early, and he settled down,” Merica said. “I thought we hit the ball well this game. They just scored one more run than we did.”

Every Charger had a base hit except for one. Jordan Lewis led the way for the offense with two hits while Adams doubled and Pietsch hit the two-run homer.

Monday marked the last game for six Charger seniors: Baylee Adams, Vince Gwynn, Jordan Lewis, Riley Morehouse, Tucker Moseley, and Devon Zachary.

“Six really good baseball players and kids,” Merica said of the group. “They have the second most wins in a career, and tied the school record for wins in a season.”

“They’re a great group of kids who set the tone for future Charger teams,” he continued. “I wish them nothing but the best as they move forward.”

Class 3A No. 10 North Montgomery sees their successful season come to a close at 24-6.