Eagles Top Thorndale
Lexington returned the 2A post season with a 6- 4 win over Thorndale Thursday night. Lexington got timely hitting and timely errors by Thorndale in the victory. Tyler Moerbe was on the mound in his first start of the year for the Eagles.
Thorndale got off to a quick start with two runs in the bottom of the first inning. Two singles, two wild pitches, a walk, and a fielder’s choice got the runs for the Dogs.
Lexington tied the game in the top of the second inning. Dylan Iselt singled and stole second. Lane Turner walked before Collin Wiggins hit a high hopper to shortstop. Respecting Wiggins’ speed the fielder rushed his throw. The wild throw went to the outfield fence as Iselt and Brandon Meyer( courtesy runner for Turner) scored.
The Eagles took the lead for good in the third inning. Josh O’Conner led off with a single. Coach Finley put on a hit and run. Kaelan Blok hit a grounder to third base, but the throw went to first base to get Blok. O’Conner sped on to third as no one was covering the base after the throw. Moerbe launched a sacrifice fly to rightfield that was deep enough to score O’Conner.
Kogan Garrett led off the fourth with a double and Islet followed with another two-bagger. Iselt stole third and came home as Donnie Havard hit a ball back through the pitcher’s legs. A stolen base and two passed balls later Havard was on top of home plate with the sixth run.
The rest of the game was defensive with some great plays by both teams. The shortstops were busy as 14 balls were hit to them with three error made. The two teams played great defense. Havard made a great jumping, tumbling, catch of a soft liner in short right field. The Thorndale third baseman made some excellent plays on difficult balls.
Moerbe pitched the first five innings for Lexington. Tyler did a great job for not starting before this season. Josh O’Conner came in to close out the game and get the save. Moerbe let his defense get the outs. O’Conner, in typical closer fashion, sent five back to the dugout with bat in hand.
The Eagles pulled off a great pick off play with the bases loaded in the sixth. On a predetermined signal, O’Conner threw to Havard to pick the Thorndale runner off second base for the third out of the inning.