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2010-04-08 / Sports

Lady Eagles Drop Salado 6-3

2nd Place is the Reward
by Mike Organ

Shelby Tackett slides unconventionally across home plate in the win over Salado. PHOTO BY MIKE ORGAN. Shelby Tackett slides unconventionally across home plate in the win over Salado. PHOTO BY MIKE ORGAN. Lexington dropped Salado 6-3 Friday morning to move into second place alone in the District 25- AA race. The two Lady Eagle teams had been tied for second prior to the game.

The two teams battled evenly for the first four innings before Lexington broke the game open with three runs in the home half of the fifth inning.

Lexington opened the scoring in the first inning on a Megan Scantlin single, a single by Shelby Tackett, and a wild pitch that allowed the speedy Scantlin to score standing up. Salado tied the score in the second without a hit. Two hit batters, a strikeout on a wild pitch that bounced before the catcher caught it allowed the runner to reach first. The run scored when there was miscommunication between the infielders of a throw to second base.

Lexington retook the lead in the bottom of the second. Haley Jatzlau singled to lead off. Caity Holt’s sacrifice bunt got Jatzlau to second. Marley Ross walked and Mackenzie Brown singled to load the bases. Ashton Johnston hit a ball all of 10 feet to drive in Jatzlau. Salado avoided a big Lexington inning when a sharp liner off Scantlin’s bat was turned into an inning ending double play.

Caity Holt lays down a perfect sacrifice bunt in the Lady Eagle win over Salado. PHOTO BY MIKE ORGAN. Caity Holt lays down a perfect sacrifice bunt in the Lady Eagle win over Salado. PHOTO BY MIKE ORGAN. Salado tied the game again in the third without the aid of a hit. A wrong choice on where to throw the bunted ball resulted in the run. Neither team scored in the fourth as the teams battled.

In the top of the fifth, with two out Salado’s Lotsa Payne, the young lady that hit the game winning three-run homer in Salado, lofted a high fly ball toward the left field fence. Mackenzie Brown drifted back, settled and caught the ball for the third out. That was a big play for Lexington. Johnston led off with a slap single to start the Lexington fifth. Scantlin reached on an error by the pitcher, and Jessica Parish lashed a single to centerfield to score Johnston with Scantlin moving to third. For the second time, Scantlin scored on a wild pitch as parish moved to second. Tackett walked and Courtney Robertson singled to load the bases. Parish scored on Haley Jatzlau’s infield grounder and Tackett scored on yet another wild pitch.

Salado scored in the sixth on their only hit of the game, a double, and three ground outs. The final Lexington run came on a Johnston slapper, and another sharp liner to the fence by Parish.

Robertson was the winning pitcher for Lexington. It was not the most artistic pitching performance but very gutty. Robertson had full counts on 14 batters in the game. Five walked and the others went back to the dugout. The Lexington defense was very good in the game, making only two mistakes.

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