Lowe’s stellar effort helps Blue Devils come away with split on final day in Memphis


Quincy High School senior Brady Lowe threw four hitless, scoreless innings in a 4-1 victory over Kenston (Ohio) on Tuesday in the USA High School Baseball Challenge in Memphis, Tenn. | Matt Schuckman photo

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The weather played havoc with the Quincy High School baseball team’s spring break trip, but the Blue Devils were still able to come away with a split on their final day playing in the USA High School Baseball Challenge.

Senior right-hander Brady Lowe threw four scoreless innings Tuesday in a 4-1 victory over Kenston (Ohio) before a three-run first inning by Oswego East led to a 7-5 loss for the Blue Devils.

Against Kenston, Lowe struck out four and walked two without allowing a hit over four innings. He pitched with the lead after Quincy’s Evan Sohn scored on Lowe’s one-out single. The Blue Devils added two runs in the third on a Tykell Hammers RBI single and Owen Zanger’s bases-loaded walk.

Two hit batters and a walk led to a un for Kenston in the fifth, but Quincy tacked on a run in the sixth on Sohn’s sacrifice fly.

Hammers went 2 for 3 as Quincy collected just four singles. Kenston managed just one hit against three Quincy pitchers.

Against Oswego East, Quincy starter Jansen Lawson allowed a walk, a stolen base and a single to produce the Wolves’ first run. A single and a hit batter loaded the bases before an error allowed a run to score. A bases-loaded walk forced in the third run of the inning.

The Blue Devils got all three runs back in the third when Nate Konrad led off with a single and took third on Sohn’s one-out double. Kyle Taylor walked and Hammers was hit by a pitch to force in a run. Lowe followed with an RBI single, and one out later, Taylor scored on a wild pitch.

Oswego East used three consecutive singles and a double steal to produce two runs in the bottom of the third, but Quincy kept chipping away at the deficit.

Zanger’s steal of home in the fourth inning made it 5-4, and back-to-back walks and an error allowed Garrett Smith to score the tying run in the top of the fifth. A sacrifice fly in the bottom of the fifth gave Oswego East the lead, and it added a run in the sixth with a two-out steal of home.

The Blue Devils (2-5) get back to action at 5 p.m. Thursday against Palmyra at Flower City Park in Palmyra, Mo.

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