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2013-02-28 / Sports

Eagles @ Franklin Bb Tourney

by Mike Organ


Corey Strain steals third base in the game against Fairfield at the Franklin Tournament held last Thursday. Corey Strain steals third base in the game against Fairfield at the Franklin Tournament held last Thursday. The Eagles competed in a very competitive Franklin Tourney this past weekend. The Eagles opened with a 6-4 loss to 3A Fairfield. Next up was an 11-7 loss to a very good Franklin team. The Eagles finally broke into the win column with a 7-6 win over Hempstead.

In the Fairfield game, the two teams battled evenly until the last inning. Fairfield scored first in the second inning. Lexington answered with a run in the bottom half of the inning. Corey Strain reached first on a fielder’s choice. He advanced to second on an effort to complete the double play. Strain stole third and came home on Jakob Moreland’s single. Lexington took the lead in the bottom of the fifth. Logan Meuth led off with a single. He moved all the way to third on an error by the Fairfield third baseman. Kevin Letbetter lofted a fly ball deep to center. Meuth scooted home with the Eagles’ second run. Kogan Garrett followed with a triple. Derek Dane walked and stole second. W.E. Meuth hit a grounder to third that was booted, allowing two runs to score. Lexington led 4-3 after five. Fairfield answered with three in the top of the sixth on three hits and two infield ground outs. Moreland was the losing pitcher for Lexington, even though he threw 63 strikes and 44 balls in his 107 pitches.


Jakob Moreland fires a curve ball across the plate against Fairfield. 
PHOTO BY MARK STRAIN. Jakob Moreland fires a curve ball across the plate against Fairfield. PHOTO BY MARK STRAIN. Lexington faced host Franklin in game two. Lexington jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the top of the first. Letbetter opened the first with a one-out single. Garrett followed with his second triple of the tourney. W.E. Meuth hit another shot to third that was erred, allowing Garrett to score. Strain followed with a run-scoring double to plate the third run. Strain then scored on Tyler Krenek’s single for the fourth run. Franklin answered with four in the first and four in the second to take the lead. Walt Green led off with a single in the fourth. Green moved up on infield outs and scored on Garrett’s single. Franklin added three more runs in the bottom of the fifth. Lexington mounted a charge in the sixth. Green and Logan Meuth had back-to-back triples to score one run. Letbetter grounded to second as Meuth scored. Lexington had runners on second and third when the third out was recorded. Green was the losing pitcher, with Noble Little and Krenek finishing.

Lexington got into the win column for the first time this year with a 7-6 win over Hempstead. Lexington used one big inning to overcome a 5-0 Hempstead lead. All Lexington runs came in the top of the sixth inning. Logan Meuth drew a one-out walk. Letbetter reached on a fielder’s choice to put two on. Garrett singled home a run. W.E. Meuth tripled home two more runs. Dane and Strain each singled in front of Green’s two-run triple. Gabriel McMahan and Logan Meuth were hit by a pitch, with Green scoring on a wild pitch to Meuth.

The Eagles had seven runs in their nest, but Hempstead did not give up. A lead-off single was helped by a throwing error that allowed run number six to reach third. A deep sacrifice fly got the score to 7-8. Green then coaxed a grounder to third for the third out and the first Lexington win of the year. Green was the winning pitcher in relief, pitching three innings, allowing just the one run.

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