By Phil Anastasia
Brian Lawler was looking for something to drive.
He found it.
Lawler turned on a 3-1 fastball and sent it over the right-field fence for a three-run, walkoff home run to carry Shawnee to a 5-2 win over Lenape in the South Jersey Group 4 semfinals in baseball on Wednesday.
"I was looking for an inside fastball that I could turn on," said Lawler, a senior catcher. "That's what he threw me."
The win was the fourth in a row for sixth-seeded Shawnee (16-9), which advanced to face top-seeded Eastern in the South Jersey Group 4 title game on Friday.
Eastern beat Shawnee by scores of 13-5 and 10-0 this season in Olympic American play.
"It's the old strategy of letting them blow you out twice in the regular season," Shawnee coach Brian Anderson said.
Winning pitcher Nick Montefusco did not allow a run in three innings of relief. He also hit a two-run double in the first inning.
Ryan Tilley hit a solo home run and Dan Beach delivered an RBI single for Lenape (13-10).
The Indians were hurt by a couple miscues on the basepaths.
"We hurt ourselves with our base-running," Lenape coach Phil Fiore said.
Lawler's home run was his seventh of the season.
The James Madison recruit said he never hit a walk-off home run, not even in Little League.
"To round the bases and see my teammates waiting for me, it was an awesome feeling," Lawler said.
Lenape 100 100 0 -- 2 9 0
Shawnee 200 000 3 -- 5 6 1
WP: Nick Montefusco. LP: Anthony Guido.
2B: L-Matt Jolley 2, Ben Underwood; S-Nick Montefusco.
HR: L-Ryan Tilley. S-Brian Lawler.
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