Eagles Swat Bees 11-9 in 8 Innings
It took eight innings but Lexington finally over came a swarm of pesky Bees in Academy Tuesday night. The Sherrill twins, Chance and Chace, made outstanding catches in right and left field to help the pitching of Quade Haynie. Chance got the first out in the eighth with a diving catch of a hard hit line drive. Chace made an outstanding catch for the second out in the fifth.
Academy jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first. Lexington put up four runs in the second on singles by Chace, Tyler Moerbe, and Casey Iselt. Austin Bivins then slammed a grand slam home run, the first of the year for Lexington, to put the Eagles in front 4-2. Jacob Carr led off with a double in the third. Chace was hit by a pitch, and Tyler Moerbe sacrificed the runners up at base. Iselt then bunted home a run to put the Eagles up 5-2. A single run came in the fourth on a single by Austin Catchings, a passed ball, and a fielders's choice grounder by Carr for a 6-2 lead. Academy narrowed the game in the bottom of the fourth with two runs.
The Bees took the lead in the fifth with four runs to make it 8-6 Bee favor. Lexington answered with three markers in the sixth. Catchings tripled to lead off; Chance singled him home. Carr was hit by a pitch and Moerbe singled to get the two runs home to give Lexington a 9-8 lead. Academy was able to get the tying score in the bottom of the sixth.
Neither team could score in the seventh. Lexington found the answer in the eighth. Carr reached on an error, Chace singled, and Moerbe doubled to get the first run home. Iselt rolled out to the first baseman as the second run scored to give Lexington the final 11-9 margin.
Iselt came in to pitch in the bottom of the inning for the save. Haynie was the winning pitcher.