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2011-03-31 / Sports

Cameron Outlasts Eagles

by Mike Organ

Lexington and Cameron locked up in an epic duel for first place occupancy Tuesday night. It took 11 innings for Cameron to capture a 7-4 win over the Eagles. The two teams tied 3- 3 after the regulation seven innings. Both were scoreless for the next four before Cameron was able to get four runs in the top of the 11th. Lexington got one back in the bottom of the 11th but it was not enough.

Cameron’s side of the scoreboard lit up first. The lead off batter singled, a walk, and another single loaded the bases. A sacrifice fly to deep centerfield scored the runner from third. Two fly balls followed to end the threat.

Lexington scored in the bottom of the second inning to take the lead. Dylan Iselt reached on an error by the Yoe third baseman. Tyler Moerbe followed with a tworun blast over the left field fence.

Cameron got one back in the third as Lexington’s gloves and arms went haywire. A single followed by two errors and a sacrifice fly produced the run to tie the game. It stayed that way until the sixth.

Cameron got a single, a stolen base, and an RBI single to take the lead. Lexington answered in the bottom of the inning as Iselt singled. The Yoe catcher tried to pick off Iselt and the throw went to right field. The error allowed Iselt to speed around to third base. Another throwing error by the Yoe third baseman allowed the tying score.

The next four innings were scoreless but not without drama. Lexington had the bases loaded in the bottom of the eighth inning but a strikeout ended the threat. Lexington had a runner reach second with two out in the ninth, but another whiff ended the inning. Cameron led off the tenth with a double. The Eagles tried to get the runner at third on a bunt but failed, putting runners on second and third after the steal of second with one out. A squeeze bunt backfired as Logan Meuth caught the popped up bunt and threw to third for a double play to end the threat.

Cameron scored four runs in the top of the 11th inning on four hits, a sacrifice, and a Eagle error. Lexington got one back in the bottom of the 11th. Lane Turner struck out but reached as the catcher failed to catch the third strike. The courtesy runner, Collin Wiggins, stole second and scored as Donny Havard got in a rundown between first and second.

Brandon Meyer pitched a good game for the first six innings. He masterfully blended changeups, a knuckleball, and a slow breaking curve ball to keep the Yoe batters just off enough in their timing. The unbalance caused fly balls, and grounders to the infield. Josh O’Conner relieved in the seventh inning and shut out Cameron until the fateful 11th.

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