2012-04-05 / Sports

Lexington Flips Florence 3-2

by Mike Organ

Lexington scored all three runs in the bottom of the fourth inning to rally and defeat Florence 3-2 Friday night. Lane Turner pitched the entire game for the Eagles, as they moved into sole possession of third place in the District 27-AA standings with the first round of competition in the books.

Florence scored first in the top of the second inning on a single, a fielder’s choice, a stolen base, and an RBI single. A second Buffalo run came in the top of the second. A hit batter, a sacrifice bunt, and a single did the job.

Lexington’s uprising in the bottom half of the inning gave them the lead. Turner walked to lead off. Chase Hibbeler got hit by a pitch to put two on base. W.E. Meuth singled to load the bases. Colin Wiggins drew a walk to score Jacob Snyder, the courtesy runner for Turner. Jason Washington hit a grounder to second base that would score Hibbeler. The Florence fielder tried to get Meuth going to second after bobbling the ball. He threw the ball to the left field fence as Meuth sped home with what proved to be the winning run.

Lexington had another chance to score in the fifth inning as they loaded the bases with one out, but could not get the timely hit. Kogan Garrett singled to lead off. Garrett was called out trying to steal second on what appeared to be an erroneous call. Turner walked, Hibbeler doubled, and W.E. Meuth walked to load the bases. A called third strike was the second out. Derek Dane hit a line drive that would have scored two runs, but it was right at the Buffalo second baseman for the third out.

Turner was up to the task on the mound. After Lexington took the lead, only one Buffalo reached second base. In the last two Florence at-bats, Turner faced the minimum of six batters.

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