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2010-05-14 / Sports

Poth Pirates Lexington Playoff Hopes

by Mike Organ

Courtney Robertson prepares to drive the ball deep into centerfield, only to see the ball caught by the centerfielder at the wall. PHOTO BY MIKE ORGAN. Courtney Robertson prepares to drive the ball deep into centerfield, only to see the ball caught by the centerfielder at the wall. PHOTO BY MIKE ORGAN. The Lady Eagles were eliminated from the 2-A state playoffs by the Poth Pirettes. Poth won the first game on Thursday night 2-0 and the next game in the best two of three series 3-2 in eight innings Saturday morning. The losses end Lexington’s season with a 21-14 record. This season was Lexington’s 15th straight appearance in the state playoffs.

Game 1- Thursday- Poth got the run they needed in the top of the first inning. The leadoff hitter walked, stole second, stole third, and jogged home on a single up the middle. In the second inning the same scenario came up again. A walk, a stolen base, a passed ball, and a timely single got the second and final run of the game home for Poth.

Lexington mounted several offensive threats in the game. In the bottom of the first Megan Scantlin led off with a single. Jessica Parish reached on an error by the third baseman. Shelby Tackett tried to bunt the runners over, but the Pirettes made the play at third to force Scantlin. In the fourth inning, Courtney Robertson singled and Haley Jatzlau reached on an error to put runners at second and third with two out. Alas, there was not a timely hit coming from the Lady Eagle bats. In the sixth inning Parish singled followed by a single from Robertson with two out, again the timely hit did not occur.

In all, Lexington stranded six base runners, four in scoring position.

Robertson pitched a good game, giving up five hits, three walks, and striking out nine Poth batters.

Game 2 - Saturday-Lexington fought off a lot of mistakes to take the lead late in the game only to see it slip away in the end. Once again the Poth lead off hitter reached first, this time on an error. She stole second and was doubled home by her sister for the opening run. The two teams battled with Poth holding the one run lead for the next five innings. Lexington battled out of bases loaded, nobody out situation in the fourth inning. The second, third, fourth, and sixth innings all had threats the Lady Eagles put down.

In the top of the seventh, Lexington finally managed to get some runs across home plate and to take the lead for the first time in the series. Ashton Johnston led off with a single. Jessica Parish followed with a double to get the tying run across home plate. Parish then scored on Courtney Robertson’s single giving Lexington the lead.

In the bottom of the seventh, Poth had an answer. The Poth leadoff hitter singled and stole second once again. A sacrifice bunt moved the runner to third. A ground out to second base allowed the runner to cross home plate with the tying run, sending the game into the eighth inning.

In the top of the eighth, Lexington went 1-2-3. Poth opened with a single, the sixth Lexington error of the game allowed runners on first and second. A sharp grounder to short resulted in a force out at second and runners at the corners. Lyndsay Lyssy ended the Lexington season with a walk-off single up the middle.

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