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Suter wins pitchers’ duel for Lilly Conrad

Courtesy photo Shane Suter had a big night for Lilly Conrad in the City League semifinals.

Lilly Conrad Chiropractic American Legion has won 14 Greater City Baseball League championships over the past 17 years, and right-handed pitching ace Shane Suter has played a big role in that run.

The 2003 Northern Bedford Area High School graduate got Lilly off on the right foot in their best-of-three-games semifinal playoff series against Cumming Motors Wednesday at Vets Field, tossing a three-hit complete game 2-1 victory while striking out 10 batters and walking just one.

Game 2 of the series is tonight at 8 p.m. at Vets.

Both Suter and Cumming Motors left-hander Seth Smith — who also worked a complete-game three-hitter — threw very efficiently in a game that lasted only 72 minutes.

“I was able to locate my off-speed stuff pretty much the whole game,” Suter said. “I threw a lot of cutters and change-ups. Both teams played well. Their pitcher (Smith) threw a great game.”

Cumming Motors manager Chris Sanders saluted Suter.

“That guy has been around for so long,” Sanders said of Suter. “He throws like that every time that he pitches. He’s a great pitcher, and he has great stuff.”

Defending league champion Lilly broke a scoreless tie with two runs in the bottom of the fourth inning. First baseman Cody Gallaher drew a leadoff walk and scored when second baseman Brandon Ickes drilled a single to left field and the ball was misplayed.

Ickes went to second, and scored when designated hitter George Roberts roped a double into the right-centerfield gap.

“Fortunately, we were able to scrap together a couple hits there, and that was the difference in the game,” said Lilly player-manager Lucas McCoy.

Lilly came up with a key defensive play in the top of the fifth inning to maintain its lead. Rightfielder Ryan Terrizzi reached on a two-out infield single, and scored on second baseman Dakota Chamberlain’s double into the right-center alley.

Chamberlain, however, was thrown out trying for third base on an outstanding relay sequence between Lilly centerfielder Brent Matish, shortstop McCoy, and third baseman Landon Sinclair.

“That was definitely big for us,” McCoy said. “If they tie the ballgame there, anything can happen. It was nice to get that out.”

And on a night when Suter proved almost invincible, the one-run lead was safe.

“He missed a lot of bats, got a lot of swings and misses,” McCoy said of Suter. “We had seven days off, and the rust showed for us offensively at the plate. We knew that this is going to be a good series. Two out of our three games against them during the regular season were very tight games. We expect (Thursday night’s) game to be the same.”

CUMMING MOTORS (1): Green cf 300, Turiano dh 300, Parks 3b 200, Moslak lf 300, Margroum 1b 200, Burr c 301, C. Chamberlain ss 200, Terrizzi rf 211, D. Chamberlain 2b 201, Smith p 000.Totals –22-1-3.

LILLY CONRAD CHIROPRACTIC AMERICAN LEGION (2): Matish cf 301, Gallaher 1b 210, Ickes 2b 311, Roberts dh 201, Sinclair 3b 200, L. McCoy ss 200, Bracken lf 200, Gully c 200, Kravetz rf 100, Creppage ph 100, C.J. McCoy rf 100, Suter p 000. Totals — 21-2-3.

SCORE BY INNINGS

Cumming Motors 000 010 0–1 3 0

Lilly Conrad Chiropractic 000 200 X–2 3 0

2B–Roberts, D. Chamberlain. RBI–Roberts, D. Chamberlain. 2B–Roberts, D. Chamberlain. HBP–Margroum (by Suter). DP–C. Chamberlain (lineout unassisted to Gallaher). LOB–Cumming Motors 2, Lilly Conrad Chiropractic American Legion 1.

PITCHING

Cumming Motors: Smith (L) 6IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, 4SO, 1BB.

Lilly Conrad Chiropractic American Legion: Suter (W) 7IP, 3H, 1R, 1ER, 10SO, 1BB.

Umpires: Matt Cursio (plate); Bill Wolf (1b).

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