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2012-03-15 / Sports

Bees Sting Eagles 3-2

by Mike Organ


Chase Hibbeler fouls off a pitch with the bases loaded. 
PHOTO BY MIKE ORGAN. Chase Hibbeler fouls off a pitch with the bases loaded. PHOTO BY MIKE ORGAN. Lexington opened the 2012 District 27-AA race with a 3-2 loss to Academy. The two teams played close baseball throughout the entire game.

Academy struck first in the top of the first inning. The Bees’ lead off hitter walked. The next batter pushed a perfect bunt between pitcher and first base in a sacrifice attempt. Lane Turner hustled to get to the ball and slipped down just as he got the ball. He fell and rolled over. As he was rolling over, he threw the ball wildly toward first base. The ball went to the fence, with the runners running around the bases with the lead runner scoring. The bunter reached second on the play. The next hitter singled to put runners on first and third. The first base runner tried to steal second, but Derek Dane gunned him down while keeping the runner on third. A strikeout and a grounder to second base ended the threat.

Kogan Garrett got the Eagle half of the first off to a great start with a triple to the right field fence. Garrett tried to score on Turner’s grounder to third base unsuccessfully.

Lexington got on the scoreboard in the second inning. Donnie Havard led off with a single, stole second, and moved to third on a wild pitch. W.E. Meuth got Havard home with a sacrifice fly to deep left field.

Academy took the lead again in the fourth inning with a single, another single, and a fielder’s choice on a ground ball up the middle. In the fifth inning the Bees stung again. A hit batter, a couple of wild pitches and a fielder’s choice grounder to short put what proved to be the winning run across home plate.

Colin Wiggins led off the Eagle fifth with a double. Two wild pitches later he was crossing home plate. Logan Meuth reached on an error and moved to third, but the Eagles could not get him home.

In the Eagle sixth, Donnie Havard got a one-out single. Dane bunted him to second. W. E. Meuth hit the ball on a line, but it was right at the second baseman. The threat was over. Lexington went down in order in the seventh.

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