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2009-04-16 / Sports

Lady Eagles Clinch Playoff Spot

by Mike Organ

Haley Jatzlau throws out a Florence runner at first base. PHOTO BY MIKE ORGAN. Haley Jatzlau throws out a Florence runner at first base. PHOTO BY MIKE ORGAN. With a 10-2 win over Florence, the Lexington Lady Eagles clinched a 25-AA playoff spot. Lexington will advance to the post season for the seventh year in a row.

Lexington got off to an early lead, scoring two runs in the top of the first inning. Lexington moved on out to a 4-0 lead in the third inning. Jessica Parish led off with a double. Ally Abshire followed with a fly to the infield that was missed. Parish scored and Abshire end up at second base when the dust settled. Megan Scantlin caused the scoring of Abshire by putting the ball in play.

Lexington added three more runs in the fourth. With one out, Parish lofted a fly ball to left field. The outfielder seemingly had the ball sighted in and was ready to make the catch. The 30 mph wind and sun caused some late-second problems in judgement. The ball hit the young lady in the head and the ball bounced back so the shortstop got the ball and made Parish stop at second. The Florence player was removed from the game and apparently suffered no lasting problems. After all the drama, Abshire followed with a triple down the first base lline. Jatzlau singled to short and Scantlin hit a fly ball to centerfield that was missed.

Rachel Knipstein on the mound for the Lady Eagles. PHOTO BY KIM BEXLEY. Rachel Knipstein on the mound for the Lady Eagles. PHOTO BY KIM BEXLEY. In the bottom of the fourth Florence closed the margin as they got a two-run home run as the hitter got the ball up into the jetstream winds. Lexington answered in their next at-bat with three more runs. Rachel Knipstein singled, Heather Mills got a hit to right, Parish hit a hot grounder to short that was booted, Abshire walked, and Jatzlau delivered runs with a hit to rightfield. The two teams went the final two and a half innings without scoring.

Lexington, Rogers, and Salado have clinched the playoff spots from District 25-AA. The exact placing will not be known until district play concludes.

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