Lexington Opens Season With 11-1 Win
Lexington spotted Thorndale a run in the top of the first inning and then roared back for an 11-1 win in a game truncated to five innings due to the mercy rule. Bailey Reynolds, Melanie Scantlin, and Kristen Boettcher led the charge with extra base hits. The Lady Eagle cause was aided by seven Thorndale fielding lapses.
After giving up a single to the lead-off hitter and a run-scoring double to the third hitter, Lexington’s pitching settled down, allowing the Lady Dogs only one more hit the rest of the game.
For Lexington, in the bottom of the first, Mackenzie Brown got a one-out single. Kristen Boettcher reached on an error due to the third baseman allowing Brown to score. Courtney Robertson walked; Meghann Wrinkle singled home Boettcher, and Mariah Thornton reached on an error, as the Thorndale right fielder allowed two more runs to cross. Tayllor Lagrone reached on another Thorndale error, as Thornton crossed home for the fifth run of the first inning.
Lexington added three more runs in the third. Lagrone walked to lead off; Madison Bexley bunted, but both runners were safe on a fielder’s choice. Scantlin singled home Lagrone for the first run of the inning. Another fielding error by the Thorndale right fielder allowed both Bexley and Scantlin to score.
Lexington finished the game in the home half of the fifth. Scantlin led off with a double. Brown slapped one to third base that was thrown down into the right field corner. By the time the ball was retrieved, Brown was safely home. Boettcher followed with a lone triple to right field. When the fielder threw the ball back toward the infield wildly, the runner continued home with the game ending run.
After the shaky first three batters, Robertson settled down and did not allow another hit in her three innings of pitching. Wrinkle followed up with two innings of one-hit ball, as Lexington started the season off with a resounding win.