Quincy caps doubleheader sweep of Lewis with late comeback in Game 2
The Hawks (27-15) have won five of six games in the past three days. Quincy took three of four at Maryville on Sunday and Monday before Tuesday's road doubleheader. The Flyers (26-12) have dropped six consecutive games.
The Hawks opened Game 1 by scoring a run in the first inning off Lewis starter Phil Warner. Joe Williams and sophomore Nick Tindall were on the corners after back-to-back singles before Drake Austin drove in Williams on a groundout.
Lewis evened the score in the bottom of the inning off Quincy starter Nick Stroud with an RBI single by Ben Albano.
Cunningham gave the Hawks a 3-1 lead in the third with a two-run double that scored Williams and Tindall.
Stroud got into trouble in the fourth as the Flyers scored a run and still had the bases loaded with no one out. Matt Fishman relieved and got a strikeout and a double play to escape further damage.
Cunningham doubled to lead off the fifth, stole third and scored on a groundout by Adam Hightower to give the Hawks a 4-2 edge. Quincy added an insurance run in the seventh as Austin led off with a single and scored on Hightower's double.
Meanwhile, Fishman cruised. He allowed just one hit -- a leadoff infield single in the fifth-- but got a double play to eliminate the threat. Fishman (3-1) tossed four shutout innings in relief to pick up the win, striking out four with no walks.
Warner (2-1) took the loss for the Flyers, allowing four runs on 11 hits in 5.1 innings. The Hawks outhit the Flyers 13-4.
Nolan Rappe led the Quincy offense with three hits, including one of the team's five doubles. Cunningham was 2-for-3 with a double, two RBIs and a run scored.
Both offenses exploded in Game 2 as they put up just four zeros in 14 half-innings.
The Hawks jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning off Lewis starter Derek Thomas. Quincy loaded the bases with one out and Hightower delivered a two-run single, followed by Cunningham's RBI single.
The Flyers scored a run in each of the next two innings off Quincy starter Ryan Wilkinson before the Hawks scored three more times in the third. Tindall ripped his ninth home run of the season -- a solo shot to left -- with one out. Austin was then hit by a pitch and scored on a double by Hightower to give Quincy a 5-2 lead. The Hawks pushed it to 6-2 on an RBI single by Zach Knese.
Lewis tied the game at 6 in the bottom of the third as Jake Murray led off the inning with a solo homer and Kyle Thomas and Mike Barajas chipped in with RBI singles.
Quincy's Kenny May started the fourth inning with a single and scored on a double by Cole Judy. But the Flyers responded and took their first lead of the game, 8-7, by scoring twice in the bottom of the fourth off reliever Matt McDaniel.
Cunningham welcomed Lewis reliever Joel Rotkvich by leading off the fifth with a solo blast -- his second of the season -- to tie the game at 8.
The Flyers took a 9-8 lead in the sixth off Tim Haley on an RBI double by Thomas.
Hightower led off Quincy's final at-bat with a single to right and went to second on a throwing error on a pickoff move. Cunningham singled him in to tie the game at 9. Knese, who reached on a fielder's choice, stole second with one out and came around to score on Richardson's game-deciding single.
Protecting a one-run lead, Quincy closer Teddy Rule got a pair of strikeouts before a double by Drew Buddle. Rule ended the game by striking out Kane Lombardo.
Haley (1-0) picked up the win for the Hawks, tossing two innings out of the bullpen. Fishman worked a scoreless inning of relief and has not allowed an earned run in his past eight appearances. Rule picked up his fifth save of the season.
Rotkvich (0-1) took the loss for the Flyers, allowing three runs in two innings of relief.
Cunningham was 4-for-4 with a home run, three RBIs and a run scored. Hightower was 3-for-4 with a double, three RBIs and two runs. That pair combined for 10 RBIs -- five each -- in the two games.