By Gary Lloyd
MONTGOMERY — Hewitt-Trussville couldn’t get right against the lefties.
No. 10 Hewitt-Trussville managed just five combined hits in the two losses against No. 5 Pelham in the AHSAA Class 6A state championship baseball series in Montgomery.
In Game 1, Pelham senior Thomas Lowery, a UAB signee and series most valuable player, pitched a complete game three-hitter, allowing just one earned run while striking out 10 batters. Lowery (10-1) walked none and threw 105 pitches.
In Game 2 on Saturday, junior Jack Pierce one-upped Lowery. Pierce threw a complete game two-hitter — both Cyle Moore singles — shutting out the Huskies (34-13) and striking out eight batters.
“He did a great job,” Lowery said of Pierce. “I can’t say enough about him.”
Pelham (28-13) allowed just one earned run in the entire series — a solo home run by Connor Cox in the second inning of Game 1. Hewitt-Trussville hit just 11 balls — including the five hits — into the outfield in the series.
Pierce (8-2) said people expected the series to go to a decisive third game. He erased the possibility with a dominating performance Saturday.
“I had something to prove,” he said.
Hewitt-Trussville head coach Jeff Mauldin praised the left-handed Pelham duo.
“Lowery and Pierce were absolutely dominating,” Mauldin said. “They pitched with a purpose. They were determined to not allow us to beat them, and they did a great job.”
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