Eagles Cage Cougars 9-2
Lexington scored two runs in the first inning, allowed Jarrell to tie in the top of the fourth, answered in the bottom half of the fourth, and then put the game away with an outburst in the sixth. The game had several well hit balls that were caught. Three Jarrell line drives went right to O’Conner at shortstopn, two were turned into double plays, and seven fly balls were caught by the Eagle centerfielder, three in the second inning.
Donnie Havard opened the game with a stand up double, Josh O’Conner tried to sacrifice him to third but the bunt went for a hit as Havard went to third. Kaelan Blok launched a sacrifice fly to deep right field to score Havard. O’Conner moved to third on a bad throw to the infield by the rightfielder. Tyler Moerbe scored O’Conner with a double to left field.
Starting pitcher Brandon Meyer kept the Cougars at bay with an assortment of slow curves, change-ups, and knuckleballs. Meyer’s magic disappeared in the fourth as Jarrell banged out four hits in a row to score two runs and tie the game. A ground out to second and two fly balls to centerfield ended the threat.
Lexington had an answer for the two runs, the Eagles scored three. Moerbe led off with a single, Logan Meuth singled and Kogan Garrett singled to load the bases. Chase Hibbeler walked to force in a run and Havard doubled home two runs.
When the lead off hitter for Jarrell singled in the top of the fifth, Coach Craig Finley brought in fireballer Dylan Iselt to relieve Meyer. A fly ball to centerfield got one out and a line drive to shortstop was turned into a double play to end the mini-threat.
With Iselt holding Jarrell scoreless, Lexington put the game away in the sixth. Garrett singled with one out, moved to second on a wild pitch, and to third on a passed ball by the catcher. Hibbeler walked again and Lane Turner force Hibbeler at second as Garrett scored. The first baseman erred on Havard’s hit. O’Conner walked as Greg Tiemann, running for Turner, scored on a wild pitch. Blok singled home the final two runs for a 9-4 lead.
The win over Jarrell put Lexington in good position to advance to the postseason.