BY PHILIP M. BOWMAN
Bishop England won Game 2 of the Class AA State Championship Series with a 3-1 victory over Chesnee tonight in front of a standing room only crowd of about 1,000 fans at Father Kelly Field.
But the victory probably came with a huge pricetag. Tradd Lowman, who was scheduled to pitch Game 3, was hit in the face by a throw when he was running the bases in the bottom of the third inning. It appeared the throw struck Lowman in the nose or around the eye socket. He left the game and was taken to the hospital.
“I’m sure he had a concussion,” said Bishop England coach Mike Darnell, whose team’s bid for its sixth state championship in 11 years remained alive. “I didn’t want to see a player’s high school career end that way. I am going to call his father and see what hospital they took him to. We’ll just cross our fingers and say some extra prayers tonight.”
Bishop England improved to 23-5, while Chesnee fell to 25-6. Game 3 will be played at 7 p.m. Friday at Chapin High School. Bishop England won the coin toss and will be the home team.
Patrick Clarey, who gave up six hits in a 2-1 loss to Chesnee in Game 1, will get the call in the deciding game.
The Bishops, who collected only four hits off Jimmy Yelton, scored all three of their runs in the bottom of the second when they sent eight men to the plate. Jonathan Browning plated two runs with a single up the middle, while Reed Fosberry grounded a single to right for the other run.