Lexington Trumps Thorndale 15-7
The Lexington Eagles used a consistent offense to defeat Thorndale Friday night and earn a spot in the state playoffs. The Eagles clinched the post season participation on Senior Parents Night. That made it more meaningful for the Eagle seniors. This is also the second year in a row the Eagles have clinched a berth in the playoffs by beating Thorndale.
Lexington got off to an early lead. Logan Meuth struck out but reached first base on a passed ball. Kogan Garreett followed with a grounder to second base that was bobbled just enough for him to beat the throw. Lane Turner then walked and Chase Hibbeler forced in a run when he was hit by a pitch. W.E. Meuth got the second run home with a sacrifice fly to deep right field. Two runs but no hits for the opportunistic Eagles.
In the second inning, Lexington got their first hit as Donnie Havard laced a single to left field after Jason Washington had reached on another Dog error. Logan Meuth hit a grounder to the third baseman. The Dog fielder stepped on third to force Washington and tried to throw Meuth out at first. The throw was wild, allowing Havard to score and Meuth to end up at third base. Garrett then singled Meuth home with the Eagles second run of the inning and fourth of the game.
Thorndale picked up a run in the top of the fourth inning. Lexington stepped it up with a five-spot in the bottom of the fourth. Garrett got a one-out single. Turner sent Garrett to third with a solid single. A delayed steal by Jacob Snyder, a courtesy runner for Turner, caught Thorndale unsuspecting. The catcher threw to second, but the infielders did not react. The ball went into centerfield, allowing Garrett an easy trip home and Snyder ended up on third base. During the walk to Hibbeler, there was a wild pitch, allowing Snyder to score. W.E. Meuth was hit by a pitch. A wild pitch allowed both runners to advance a base. Derek Dane swatted a single to score Hibbeler. Colin Wiggins popped a sacrifice fly to right field to move the runners into scoring position. Jason Washington singled to right to score Meuth and the rightfielder missed the bouncing ball that allowed Austin Smith to score.
In the top of the fifth the Eagle defense went south. The Eagle defense committed five errors in the inning, coupled with two Dog hits and a hit batter. Thorndale tallied six runs in the inning to turn a runaway game into a nail-biter for Lexignton fans. The score stood at 9-7 with the playoffs in peril.
Lexington went back on offense. Logan Meuth walked to lead off, Garrett hit behind the runner to advance Meuth to second base. Turner singled to move Meuth to third. Snyder, running for Turner, stole second. Hibbeler drove a sac fly to right to score Meuth and Snyder moving to third. Dane walked, as did Wiggins behind him, to force in a run. Lexington was back to an 11- 7 lead.
Havard took over the mound duties for Turner to start the inning. Havard struck out three in the inning, wrapped around a couple of walks. The Eagle offense returned to the plate in the sixth as Havard led off with a strong double against the wind to left field. Garrett was hit and then stole second. Turner singled home Havard. Garrett scored on a wild pitch. Snyder was at second when Hibbeler singled to get him home. Two T-dale errors loaded the bases as senior Ethan Ragland came to the plate, pinch hitting for Washington. Ragland got a solid single to left field to send Hibbeler home with the 15th run\, much to the joy of his teammates.
Turner was the winning pitcher with a save from Havard. Turner allowed only four hits in his five inning stint on the mound. The Eagles committed six errors in the first five innings. Thorndale was just as gracious, committing eight errors.