MANDATA — Line Mountain’s Colton Schwartz hit a two-out, RBI single in the seventh inning as Post 504 upended Lewisburg, 8-7, in an opening game of the Region V Division 2 Tournament at Line Mountain High School.
Schwartz brought home Griffin Smeltz to send Line Mountain into a winner’s bracket matchup against Mifflinburg at 1:45 p.m. today.
Lewisburg (9-4) falls into the elimination bracket of the double-elimination tournament and will play the loser of Friday’s other game between Hughesville and Mansfield at 10:30 a.m. today.
Both games will be played at Hughesville’s Bodine Park.
Lewisburg led three different times in the contest — first after opening the game on a sacrifice fly to center by Dakotah Snyder that plated Andrew Ramirez.
Two errors in the bottom of the first gave Line Mountain a 2-1 lead, but Post 182 tied the game an inning later on Jacob Brooks’ solo home run to left field.
The back-and-forth affair continued after another error by Lewisburg in the bottom of the second helped Line Mountain go back in front, 3-2.
However, Post 182 pulled ahead 4-3 in the fourth on an Andrew Ramirez two-run single. Dustin Terry and Jack Landis scored on the hit.
Post 504 retook the lead in the bottom of the fourth on Keefer Neidig’s two-run homer to left, but Post 182 would tie the game at 5 as Terry hit an RBI single to plate Brett Herman.
A two-run single by Seth Wolfe in the fifth put Line Mountain back in front, 7-5, only to see Lewisburg come back again to tie the game behind a Herman sac fly in the sixth and an RBI single by Snyder in the top of the seventh.
In the bottom of the seventh Post 504 put the go-ahead runner on base when Smeltz walked, stole second and scored on Schwartz’s hard ground ball to center.
Lewisburg used three pitchers in the game — Jack Landis, Snyder and Aaron Hoover — with Hoover suffering the loss despite striking out five and allowing just one earned run in his 1.2 innings of work.
Herman led Post 182 with a 3-for-4 day that included an RBI and a run scored, plus Snyder went 2-for-4 and had a pair of RBI for Lewisburg, which also got a 2-for-3 effort from Terry.
Region V Division 2 Tournament
Line Mountain 8, Lewisburg 7
at Line Mountain High School
Lewisburg 110 211 1 — 7-11-5
Line Mtn. 210 220 1 — 8-5-4
Jack Landis, Dakotah Snyder (4), Aaron Hoover (6) and Snyder, Kadyn Magyar (4), Kaiden Wagner (7). Blake Wert, Cam Gaw (6) and Kam Shaffer.
WP: Gaw. LP: Hoover.
Lewisburg hitters: Andrew Ramirez, single, walk, 2 RBI, run scored; Hoover, 3 walks; Snyder, 2-for-4, 2 RBI, run; Aaron Strosser, single; Brett Herman, 3-for-4, RBI, run; Colt Kline, 2 walks; Dustin Terry, 2-for-3, walk, RBI, run; Jacob Brooks, HR (2nd, solo); Landis, run; Wagner, single, run.
Line Mountain hitters: Brock Wirt, walk, run scored; Blake Wert, single; Griffin Smeltz, single, 2 runs; Gaw, run; Shaffer, run; Colton Schwartz, single, RBI; Seth Wolfe, single, walk, 2 RBI, run; Keefer Neidig, HR (4th, 1 on), walk, 2 RBI, 2 runs.