On a hot muggy day when Southern ace righthander Jerry Fischer at first appeared beatable, the senior used his own bat to help defeat Gilman, 9-4.
Yesterday's victory at Carroll Park gave Southern a one-game lead in the best-of-three MSA B Conference championship series.
Fischer's two-run blast to deep left broke a 2-2 tie in the third inning and brought life to his curveball. He struck out 11, including five of six in the third and fourth innings. In all, six of his strikeouts came on called third strikes.
The effort raised his season total to 129 strikeouts in 69 innings. He has walked 17.
Bubba really had a sharp curve working," said Bulldogs catcher Gerry Gastiger, whom coach Bill Parker picked to pitch Game 2 today at Gilman. The third game, if necessary, will be played Monday (3:45) at a neutral site yet to be determined.