When making out the lineup card, all North Central head coach Robbie Cash had to do was write Andrew Galuppi’s name at the top of his team’s batting order after the senior was in the clean-up slot for the first half of the season.It is amazing what a little, subtle change will do.On Tuesday, Galuppi did everything a leadoff batter is asked to do, and then some, as the Knights improved to 5-4 in Region 3-A play with a 4-2 win over host McBee.“Andrew has given us the spark that we needed since we moved him to the number one hole in the order,” Cash said. “You really can’t ask for anything more out of your leadoff guy than what he is giving our team right now.”Galuppi was the perfect table-setter in this game, collecting three hits, scoring three runs and stealing a trio of bases for NC, which hosts C.A. Johnson at 6 p.m. tonight in the conference finale.While avenging a 5-1 loss to the Panthers (6-3) in their first meeting, which was called after five innings due to lightning, the Knights could finish anywhere from second to fourth in Region 3. Barring any unlikely upsets tonight --- McBee beating Chesterfield and/or Great Falls topping Lewisville --- Cash and company may well be the region’s fourth seed and could be headed to Fox Creek to begin the state class A playoffs next Thursday.Before the Knights could concern themselves with the post-season, there was --- and still is --- the matter of taking care of some unfinished business in conference play.The guests staked starting pitcher Grayson King to a 1-0 lead with a run in the top of the third as Galuppi singled, stole second and scored on a Tyler Bowers base hit.
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