2011-04-07 / Sports

Lexington Rallies to Flunk Florence

by Mike Organ

Donnie Havard throws to Logan Meuth to put out a Florence baserunner. 
PHOTO BY MIKE ORGAN. Donnie Havard throws to Logan Meuth to put out a Florence baserunner. PHOTO BY MIKE ORGAN. Lexington spotted Florence six runs after four innings and then came roaring back. Lexington got three runs in the top of the fifth inning and three more in the sixth to tie the game. Kaelan Blok scored the winning run on a wild pitch in the top of the ninth inning. Blok pitched the first six innings before turning the tie over to Josh O’Conner. O’Conner held Florence scoreless the rest of the way for the win.

With the score 3-0 a Florence hitter laced a curling line drive down the right field line. Brandon Meyer made a diving try on the play but the ball eluded him as the hitter completed a three- run inside-the-park homerun. The next seven runs were for Lexington.

The three in the top of the fifth started with Dylan Iselt’s single. Iselt moved to second on a ground out and to third on a throwing error by the shortstop. Collin Wiggins reached on a fielder’s choice as Islet scored. Donnie Havard tripled to the right field corner scoring Wiggins. Josh O’Conner was hit in the rear by a pitch to put runners on the corner. Blok walked to load the bases and Tyler Moerbe walked to score the third run of the inning.The score stood 6-3 Florence.

In the sixth Iselt led off with another single. Kogan Garrett walked before Havard delivered Iselt with a single. Greg Tiemann sent Garrett home with a single up the middle. Havard scored when Florence tried to get Tiemann at second belatedly on Blok’s grounder.

Neither team scored in the seventh or eighth innings. Lexington answered the call in the ninth. Blok singled to lead off. Meuth singled to move Blok to third. Iselt tried a safety squeeze but it did not work. On the first pitch to Garrett, the pitch was in the dirt, evaded the catcher as it went to the screen. Blok took off and was safe in a cloud of dust at home plate.

O’Conner stopped Florence with but one single in the ninth for the Eagle victory.

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