2009-04-16 / Sports

Lexington Tops Rogers

by Mike Organ

In the battle of Lady Eagles, the Lexington version won 4-1 Tuesday night in Lexington. The win avenges Lexington's only loss in District 25-AA action.

Lexington did not take long to jump out to a lead. Lead-off hitter Ally Abshire singled to start the Lexington offense. A passed ball on the catcher allowed her to move to second base. Jessica Parish singled as Abshire moved to third. Megan Scantlin then laid down sacrifice bunt to score Abshire giving Lexington a 1-0 lead.

In the third Lexington got some breathing room. Parish walked and then stole second and third. Scantlin walked with one out. Haley Jatzlau plated both runners with a two-run single to right centerfield.

In the top of the fourth Lexington made the defensive play of the year. The play put the kabosh on Rogers' for the night. Rogers led off with a single. The next batter lined a shot to the fence in left centerfield. Scantlin picked up the ball and fired it to the cut-off man Abshire. Abshire in turn threw to Parish at home plate just in time to get the lead runner. After tagging the lead runner out, Parish came up throwing. She fired the ball to third base where Shelby Tackett placed the tag on the hitter who was trying to advance to third while the play at the plate was happening. Instead of having runners at second and third with no one out, Rogers had two outs and no one on base. Lexington had done the play just like the coach had them practice. With the play Lexington had taken the heart out of Rogers.

Lexington added its final run in the fifth inning. Scantlin drew one-out walk. Jatzlau followed with a single, sending Scantlin to third base. Rachel Knipstein hit grounder up the middle, the Rogers fielder tried to get Scantlin at home but the throw was late.

Rogers did get one run in the sixth inning on a couple of Lexington errors and a single.

Rachel Knipstein did an excellent job of pitching in the important contest. Rachel struck out seven, walked four, and gave up seven hits as Lexington pulled into second place, one-half game behind Rogers in the district race.

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