Eagles Nip Cameron
Lexington had a comfortable 10- 2 lead over Cameron after four complete innings. Lane Turner was scuffling a bit, but keeping the Yoe in control. Then Cameron came alive at the plate, and aided by five Lexington errors, closed to 10-9 after six. Cameron had the bases loaded with two outs when the Cameron designated hitter hit a fly ball to medium left field that Jason Washington hauled in for the important district win.
The game started off with a Yoe flair as the lead off hitter singled. A ground out moved the runner to second. A solid single to left sent the runner scurrying home. The runner rounded third and headed home. Washington fielded the ball, threw to Kogan Garrett, who relayed the ball to Eagle catcher Derek Dane in time to tag the runner out at home. The next hitter doubled home the remaining runner for a 1-0 Cameron lead.
Logan Meuth drove a Yoe pitch just over the left field fence to tie the game at one. It was Logan’s first round tripper of the year.
Cameron took the lead again in the third, capitalizing on a bit of wildness with a walk and a hit batter in front of a single, to score a run. The Cameron score caused an Eagle uprising in the bottom half of the inning.
Donnie Havard led off with a double. Logan Meuth singled to put runners on the corners. A stolen base moved Meuth to second. Garrett banged a double to the fence to score both runners and give Lexington the lead they would not relinquish. Lane Turner singled to put runners on the corners again. Chase Hibbeler cleaned the bases with a long, extremely high home run over the left field fence for the Eagles’ second homer of the night. That brought in a new Yoe hurler. W.E. Meuth greeted the new pitcher with a single. Dane singled and Washington bunted both into scoring position. Havard delivered Meuth, and Logan Meuth singled home Austin Smith, the courtesy runner for Dane. A fly ball to deep centerfield ended the Eagle uprising with a 8- 2 Lexington lead.
Lexington continued scoring in the fourth inning. Lane Turner singled, Jacob Snyder, his courtesy runner, stole second. Hibbeler walked and Colin Wiggins laced a single to right center, scoring Snyder and sending Hibbeler to third. A wild pitch allowed Hibbeler to score the second run of the inning, putting Lexington up 10-2.
Cameron did not give up as they rallied for two runs in the fifth and the Eagles did not answer, despite two singles in the inning.
Cameron really made it exciting in the sixth, scoring five runs against the suddenly mistake prone Eagles. Three errors, two walks, and two singles produced five runs. A key play in the inning was a throw from right fielder Havard to third baseman Hibbeler, to cut down a Yoe runner trying to get into scoring position. When the dust settled Lexington still led 10-9.
The Eagles went 1-2-3 in the bottom of the sixth. With W.E. Meuth on for the save, Cameron mounted a charge. A walk, a single, and an unsuccessful fielder’s choice loaded the bases with two out. The fly ball to Washington brought the charge down at least one run short of its goal. The Eagles had a much needed win to maintain third place in district action.