Salado Nips Lady Eagles 10-9
Lexington’s extra-inning rally fell short as Salado nipped the Lady Eagles 10-9 Saturday afternoon. Lexington held the lead twice in the game, but could not keep Salado from bouncing back each time. Lexington took a quick 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning. Salado scored two in the second and two in the fourth to take the lead. Lexington posted two runs in their half of the sixth inning to take the lead, but Salado scored a run in the top of the seventh to tie the game and send it into extra innings. Salado posted five in the top of the eighth and Lexington rallied, but could only get four across the plate.
After Salado scored five in the top of the eighth inning to take a commanding 10-5 lead, Lexington mounted a rally. Madison Bexley led off with a single. Mariah Thornton walked to put runners on first and second. Melanie Scantlin bunted to advance the runners, except the runner at second was thrown out. Bailey Reynolds delivered her first hit of the day to drive Bexley home. After the second out of the inning, Kristen Boettcher launched a home run over the centerfield fence for three runs to close to 10-9. Alas, that was the final Lexington score.
Lexington had taken an early 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning. Mackenzie Brown walked and Boettcher bunted safely to put runners on first and second. A wild pitch moved the runners up a base and into scoring position. Courtney Robertson hit a dribbler to the infield, just far enough for the speeding Brown to slide under the tag at home plate. Boettcher moved to third and Robertson ended up at second base. Meghann Wrinkle laid a sacrifice bunt that scored Boettcher, with Robertson moving to third. A wild pitch with Bexley at bat allowed Robertson to slide into home with Lexington’s third run.
Salado got two back in the top of the second inning and then two more in the fourth, to take the lead 4-3. Lexington rallied to take the lead in the sixth on a single by Kasey Smith and an RBI double by Bexley for the run. Bexley then scored on a throwing error by the Salado catcher.
Salado scored a single run in the top of the seventh to tie the game. Lexington had a chance to win the game in the bottom of the seventh. Robertson singled and Wrinkle followed with a double with two out, but Lexington just failed to win the game on a close play at first base. Then came the eighth inning to decide the game.