It wasn’t a perfect game by any means, but Freedom starting pitcher Lyle Holland put together an efficient effort. The Patriots right-hander settled in during the middle innings and squelched the McDowell Titans offensively in a 10-3 loss to Freedom on Tuesday night at Titan Field.
Early on, the game had the makings of a high scoring affair on both ends. Both teams scored single runs in the first two innings of play.
Freedom (6-5 overall, 4-3 Northwestern 3A/4A Conference) added a third run in the next frame and from there Holland took over on the mound. After allowing two runs on four hits to the Titans in the first and second innings combined, Holland put up zeros in innings three, four and five.
Then, ahead 4-2 after five innings, the Patriots broke the game open, scoring six times off McDowell starter Brycen Seymore (5.2 IP, 9R, 6H, 3BB) and reliever Justin Davis, quickly breaking open what was still a close affair.
Down 10-2, the Titans (5-6, 1-6) were able to push one more run across, but Holland was, for the most part, in control as he nearly went the distance. Holland took the win, throwing exactly 100 pitches in 6 2/3 innings, scattering three runs on six hits and striking out 10 batters.
He was also efficient with the bat, going 2-for-4 and driving in three runs. Two of those RBIs came with two outs in the fifth. Holland’s double to left put the Patriots in front 7-2 and essentially put the game out of reach.
McDowell was able to manufacture its first inning run.
Josh Maddux singled to right field to lead off the Titans first. Ethan Hamm then laid down a successful sacrifice to push Maddux into scoring position. Seymore then ripped a double to left, scoring Hamm to even the score at 1-1.
In the second inning a little two-out magic from the lower part of the order tied the game for a second time.
Three Young dropped in a single to right just in front of right fielder Michael Logan to keep the inning alive. Chapel Matson then tripled to left on a full count, scoring Young to even up the score a second time.
Unfortunately a grounder to third by Maddux ended the frame and it was at that point where Holland began to shut down the McDowell lineup in the middle innings.
Seymore finished 2-for-3, driving in one run and scoring once. Maddux was 1-for-4 including a run scored. Young (1-3, R), Matson (1-3, RBI) and Justin Dula (1-3) added a hit apiece in the losing effort.
McDowell will finish the week on the road Thursday at Patton in a non-conference game and on Friday starting the second half of league play at St. Stephens.