Schulenburg eliminated Lexington from the state baseball playoffs for the second year. The scenario was the same as last year. Schulenburg won the first game, Lexington the second, and the Schulenburg the third.
Game 1: Schulenburg 11 Lexington 0
The Shorthorns came out swinging as they backed the perfect pitching of Ross Bludau to take the opening game of the series at LaGrange’s Fairground Field. After Lexington had gone three and out, the Shorthorns took to the offensive. Three singles in a row to open the at-bat, loaded the bases. A single sent home a run, and a double plated two more. Another single and a fielder’s choice sent five runners across the plate. Six more runs in the second at-bat gave Schulenburg an insurmountable lead.
While all the offense was going on, Ross Bludau was pitching a perfect game. Lexington never got a runner to first base. The Schulenburg defense made “great plays” behind him. Lexington hit the ball sharply in their fifteen times at bat. Long fly balls were chased down and hard hit ground balls were fielded and throws were made to first base. Only four Eagles batters struck out, five flew out and six grounded out. Five ground outs were to second base and one to shortstop.
Game 2: Lexington 4 Schulenburg 3
W.E. Meuth pitched a great five and 1/3 innings to lead the Eagles to a 4-3 win and even the series at one game each. The game came to its zenith in the top of the seventh when the tying run for Schulenburg was tagged out as he came sliding into home plate.
Donnie Havard ended the Schulenburg perfection by leading off the second game by drawing a walk. Logan Meuth bunted Havard to second and Kogan Garrett singled to score Havard. In the third inning, a similar show came to bat. Havard singled to lead off and stole second. Meuth laid a sacrifice bunt to move Havard to third. Garrett hit a grounder to second base as Havard scored to give Lexington a 2-0 lead.
W.E. Meuth continued to hold the Shorthorns at bay until the sixth inning. An error on a sharply hit grounder by the lead off hitter gave Schulenburg life. A squeeze bunt finally got the runner across the plate to narrow the score to 2-1.
Lexington answered quickly. Kogan Garrett singled with one out. Lane Turner walked to put runners on first and second. W.E. Meuth hit a grounder to third base. It was bobbled, and then a wild throw allowed Garrett to score with Austin Smith, a courtesy runner for Turner, moving to third. Derek Dane then singled sharply to plate Smith with what proved to be the winning run.
In the top of the seventh was when great theater occurred. A hit Shorthorn batter and two walks loaded the bases. Logan Meuth was brought in to relieve Havard. A sacrifice fly to centerfield sent the runner from third home to make the score 4-2. A ground out to second base moved the runners to second and third with two out. Logan Meuth uncorked a wild pitch that Turner tracked down behind the plate. The runner from third had easily scored and the runner from second was trying to score. Turner got the ball and threw it to Meuth covering home plate in time to tag out the potential tying score to end the game.
W.E. Meuth was the winning pitcher and Logan Meuth got the save.
Game 3: Schulenburg 8 Lexington 0
Lexington and Schulenburg battled fiercely for the right to advance to the Area round of the playoffs. Schulenburg took a 1-0 lead in the first inning and defended that narrow margin for five innings before pulling away from the hard fighting Lexington Eagles.
Lexington’s Donnie Havard opened the game with a single. Kogan Garrett singled to put runners on the corners with one out in the first inning. A pop fly to shortstop and a foul fly that was snagged by the first baseman ended the threat. Schulenburg’s first inning run came on a lead-off single and a two-out double. The 1-0 lead would hold until the bottom of the fifth inning.
Lexington had another chance to score in the fourth inning. Lane Turner reached on an error by the first baseman. W.E. Meuth hit a grounder to second that was bobbled for an error. Lexington had runners on first and second, but a strike out ended the threat. Havard got a single in the top of the sixth for Lexington’s only base runner in the last two at-bats.