Lexington Eagles to State Tourney Texas Teenage Playoffs
A spunky group of young ladies representing Lexington are moving on the the Texas Teenage State Tourney to be held in Early, Texas. (Early is a suburb of Brownwood.) The tourney will be held July 20th through 24th. The team just finished placing second in the district tourney held in Salado. In Teenage play, the first two teams in each district qualify for the next level.
The young ladies are coached by Randy Wrinkle and Cory Robertson and play season ball in the Rockdale league. In the district tourney they beat Salado 9-7, lost to Holland 2-9 which put them in the sudden death bracket, beat Rogers 6-4, beat Troy 5-4, won a rematch with Holland 11-6 to qualify for state, and then lost to Rockdale Elite 8-2 in a game that positions them in the state tourney.
In the game against the Salado Storm, Courtney Robertson was the winning pitcher striking out seven, walking none, and giving up only three hits. Kasey Smith, Robertson, Madison Bexley, Mariah Thornton, and Marissa Mireles had two hits each in the victory. Robertson, Bexley, and Thorton had two RBI's each. Mireles had an RBI and Jade Lassetter had a single in the win. The highlight of the game came in the bottom of the seventh inning after Lexington had three runs in the top of the inning to take a 9-6 lead. Lyona Borja of the Storm hit a liner between the outfielders. Kayla Deary of the Eagles picked up the ball and fired it into shortstop Kasey Smith, who threw the ball to the Eagle catcher, Madison Bexley, who tagged out the speedy Storm runner at home plate(see picture). The fine defensive play denied the Storm a run and killed the momentum the score could have generated. This game was played on Monday night.
Wednesday night the 6:00 pm game pitted Lexington against the Holland Pink Sox. Lexington was late arriving mentally as Holland won the error plagued game 9-2. Picking up hits in the game for Lexington were: Lassetter, Kasey Smith, Robertson, Olivia Bocanegra, Mireles, and Deary. Revenge would come later in the tourney.
After losing the game at six, the young ladies had to play an elimination game at 8:00 pm the same night. (We all know how cool it has been in Central Texas lately.) The young ladies responded with a 6-4 win over Rogers. The highlight of the game came in the fifth inning when Rogers elected not to pitch to Robertson. Robertson had a single and double earlier in the game. The intentional pass loaded the bases for Madison Bexley. Miss Bexley responded with a hard shot that scored two runs. That gave Lexington a 5-3 lead that Robertson held. Bexley scored on the play also as Rogers fielding wasn't so sharp. Robertson struck out four and allowed three hits in the win. Hitting for Lexington were: Lassetter (3 hits), Roberson (two hits and an RBI), Bexley (a hit and the 2RBI), Thornton (2 hits), and Deary (2 hits).
Thursday night meant two more elimination games for the young Lady Eagles. At 5:00 pm (hotter than 6:00 pm) the Troy Mustangs were the opponents. Troy took an early 2-1 lead in the first inning. Lexington rallied for four runs in the fifth inning. Oliva Bocanegra reached on an error, Meghann Wrinkle followed with a double and an RBI, Smith singled her home, Bexley singled to plate another run, and Kristen Boettcher reached on an error as Bexley scored what proved to be the winning run. Troy closed to 5-4 with two runs in the bottom of the sixth inning in an exciting finish. Robertson was again the winning pitcher.
After winning the 5:00 game, the Eagles played at 7:00 pm(Just a little cooler) against the Holland Pink Sox. The Pinkies were the team that put Lexington into the losers bracket of the double elimination tourney. Meghann Wrinkle pitched the first five innings for the win before turning over a 7-5 lead to Robertson in the bottom of the sixth inning. Robertson gave up a single run in the seventh inning after Lexington had added four more in the top of the frame. In avenging the loss earlier in the tourney, Lexington qualified for a trip to the state tourney with the win. Hitting for Lexington were: Wrinkle, Smith, Bexley, Deary, Robertson, Johna Alford, Thornton, and Mireles. Knocking in runs for the Eagles were: Wrinkle (2), Robertson, and Alford (2).
The twice victorious but pooped team played Rockdale at 9:00 pm after the first two pressure games. Lexington lost to the Elite 8-2 in the district championship game. Rockdale jumped out to a 4-0 lead after three innings. Lexington posted two in the top of the fourth, but that was all they could muster. Rockdale added four more to walk away with the win. Hitting for the Eagles were: Bexley, Deary, Robertson, and Alford. Deary accounted for Lexington's lone RBI.
Coaches noted the great defense played by outfielders: Mariah Thornton, Johna Alford, Kristen Boettcher, and Olivia Bocanegra. Second baseman Jade Lassetter was called "Hoover" because everything she could get to was caught and and an out resulted. All the players are versatile as they were asked to play more than one position.