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2013-02-21 / Sports

Lady Eagles Win 4; Lose 2 @ Caldwell Tournament

by Mike Organ


Meghann Wrinkle is safe at third on a close play. 
PHOTO BY MIKE ORGAN. Meghann Wrinkle is safe at third on a close play. PHOTO BY MIKE ORGAN. Lexington faired very well in the Caldwell Tourney this past weekend. The Lady Eagles won four and lost two in the three day round robin tourney, meaning - each team played every team in the tourney. Lexington defeated 3A Bellville, 4A Victoria West, 4A Georgetown Eastview, and 4A New Caney Porter. The Lady Eagles lost to Columbus and host Caldwell. Lexington played one game Thursday, two on Friday, and three on Saturday.

Thursday, the Lady Eagles used a huge 11-run second inning to defeat the Heifers 16-4 in four innings. Lexington’s power came to this game as the Lady Eagles had three doubles and two triples, as they powered their way past Bellville. Tayllor Lagrone, Mariah Thornton, and Meghann Wrinkle had the doubles. Courtney Robertson and Madison Bexley slammed the triples. The rest of the Lady Eagles ripped five singles to aid the Lexington offense.

Friday, the Lady Eagles defeated Georgetown Eastview 5- 3 in a hard fought contest. Lexington scored first in the home half of the second. Mariah Thornton singled, and Tayllor Lagrone doubled her home, for the first run of the contest. Bailey Reynolds singled to lead off the third. Kristen Boettcher’s infield grounder moved Reynolds to second, and Courtney Robertson singled home Reynolds. Meghann Wrinkle singled to move Robertson up, and Thornton’s single scored Robertson, to give Lexington a 3-0 lead. Eastview bounced back with two in the top of the fourth inning on an error, a triple, and a squeeze play. Reynolds led off the bottom of the fourth with a triple off the top of the fence. Mackenzie Brown was safe at first, as Eastview tried to get Reynolds at home; however, what happened was Reynolds was safe and Brown was on second. Boettcher hit a fly ball, which the right fielder misplayed into a threebase error. Robertson then grounded to third that the fielder erred on, allowing the fifth run to cross home plate. Robertson pitched the entire game, giving up only one earned run and three hits.

Friday’s other contest with Victoria West was not so competitive. Lexington’s bats and legs came alive against the Victoria school. Lexington punched out 13 hits, including four doubles by Lagrone, Scantlin, Boettcher, and Robertson. The Lady Eagles turned into thieves with six stolen bases: three by Wrinkle and two by Bexley. The Lady Eagles were so in command that the game lasted only three and a half innings.

Saturday at noon proved to be bad for Lexington. Columbus defeated the Lady Eagles 6-5. Lexington out-hit the Lady Cardinals 10-7, but made five errors in the field to help the opponent. Columbus took the early lead 2-0, but Lexington scored one in the bottom of the second, and then three in the third, to take the lead 4-2. The first run came as Wrinkle singled, stole second, and came home on Thornton’s double. The three runs came with a Reynolds walk, a Brown single to right with an error on the right fielder, allowing Reynolds to score. A single by Boettcher scored Brown, and the right fielder made another error, allowing Boettcher third base. Wrinkle then lined a single to score Boettcher. The fifth run came on a walk to Brown; singles by Boettcher and Wrinkle loaded the bases, and a walk to Thornton forced home Brown. Columbus then scored three in the top of the sixth to take the lead, which Lexington did not answer in the bottom half of the inning.

The game against New Caney Porter was similar. Lexington fell behind 3-0 in the top of the first on some shoddy fielding and walks. Unlike Columbus, once Lexington got the lead, they kept it. Brown singled and Robertson blasted her first homer of the season over the left field fence. An outfield error allowed Porter to score once more in the top of the second, extending their lead to 4-2. In the bottom of the third, Boettcher and Robertson singled to open. Wrinkle was to bunt them over, but her bunt was so good she reached first safely, loading the bases for Scantlin. The freshman answered with a solid two-run single to left field. The catcher tried to throw to third to get Wrinkle, but the ball went to left field allowing a run, and Scantlin ended up at third. Lagrone then hit a deep sacrifice fly to centerfield, scoring Scantlin for the final Lady Eagle run. Lexington held Porter for two more at bats as time ran out. The Lady Eagles won 6-4.

The final game was an 8-4 loss to host Caldwell. The Lady Hornets rolled out a stinger in freshman pitcher Kauder. Of Lexington’s 18 outs, 12 were walking back to the dugout with bat in hand. Lexington got only one runner to first base in the first five innings. Madison Bexley broke up the no-hitter with a leadoff single in the sixth. Scantlin hit a grounder that was bobbled and no play made. Brown slapped one up the middle. They tried to get Bexley at home, to no avail, with Scantlin moving to third. Boettcher hit an infield grounder that scored Scantlin and moved Brown to third. Robertson then doubled home Brown. Wrinkle singled to right center to plate Robertson with Lexington’s fourth run.

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