2013-05-02 / Sports

Lexington Pirated by Crawford

by Mike Organ

Melanie Scantlin steals 2nd and is called “Safe!” by the Umpire. 
PHOTO BY MARK STRAIN. Melanie Scantlin steals 2nd and is called “Safe!” by the Umpire. PHOTO BY MARK STRAIN. The Crawford Lady Pirates stole Lexington’s state playoff dreams, defeating the Lady Eagles in the first two games of a best-of-three scenario. Crawford took game one 11-1 in five innings, and game two 15-4 in the full seven at-bats. The Lady Pirates are the defending state champions in 2A and look more than able to defend their title.

Game 1

Lexington almost scored in their half of the first. Mackenzie Brown slapped a dribbler toward third base. The Pirate third baseman hurried her throw to first. The ball flew past the first baseman with the right fielder backing up the play. Brown ended up at third base with one out. Lexington just needed a ground ball to score Brown, but it was not forthcoming. A pop out to the catcher and a ground out to the pitcher did not get the job done.

Game one started off with an ominous defensive beginning. A simple bunt laid down, a perfect field and throw, but a drop on the receiving end put Crawford’s most offensive weapon, Tomchesson, on first base. A sacrifice bunt put her on second, and a triple to the left centerfield wall, that was misplayed, opened the flood gate. A grounder back to the pitcher scored the tripler, with no look toward home. A single, a walk, a two RBI double, and another single scored the four runs before the uprising could be quelled.

Lexington tried to mount a charge in the third inning. Melanie Scantlin singled up the middle and stole second. Brown slapped a ball to third base, which was erred upon. Courtney Robertson laced a hard drive to left field, with Scantlin trying to score. The Lady Pirates got the ball to the catcher quickly, as Scantlin threw on the brakes and tried to return to third base, to no avail, for the third out of the inning.

Lexington got their only run in the top of the fifth. Scantlin walked, and was forced at second by Brown. Kristen Boettcher singled to move the runners up. Robertson followed with another single, and Meghann Wrinkle singled, to plate the lone Eagle run.

Wrinkle started for Lexington and was relieved by Robertson. Neither pitcher had a lot of success against the extremely quick and athletic Lady Pirates bats.

Game 2

Crawford won game two 15-4, but it was a closer game than the score indicated. Lexington came out trying too hard, instead of just playing ball. The Lady Eagles played toe-to-toe with the defending state champions for six innings. Had Lexington eliminated their mistakes, there probably would have been a game three Monday.

Crawford scored three in the top of the first inning. A lead-off single, two wild pitches, and a ground out earned the Lady Pirates their first run. Two more wild pitches put the second run across the plate, and then two singles and an error allowed another run to score.

Lexington answered with two runs in the bottom of the first. Mackenzie Brown slapped a single, Kristen Boettcher followed with a crisp single up the middle, and Courtney Robertson blasted a double down the left field line that hit the fence on the fly as both runners crossed home. A ground out moved Robertson to third. A fly ball to left field was caught, ending the threat.

Crawford had answers for the Lexington runs. A lead off single and an error on a bunt put two runners on, and the circus started. Lexington chased down the throw, threw to third, and then wildly back to second, as both runners scored via the Lady Eagle gift.

The Lady Pirates scored two in the fourth inning, both earned without a Lexington blunder. Both runs were scored with two out. Then in the top of the seventh, the barn door blew open. Crawford scored eight runs on seven hits and an Eagle error.

Lexington never gave up, trying to rally in the home half of the seventh. Madison Bexley led off with a scorching double to left centerfield. A single by Melanie Scantlin moved Bexley to third. A ground ball double play allowed Bexley to score, but put Lexington’s season on the brink. Bailey Reynolds was hit by a pitch. Brown reached on an error by the shortstop. Boettcher singled to score Reynolds. Robertson then smoked a line drive to left field. Unfortunately the left fielder was standing in the right spot to catch the sinking liner, ending the game.

Kristin Boettcher, “playing in the dirt”, never looks at the ball. She knows where it is. She just does her job. 
PHOTOS BY MARK STRAIN. Kristin Boettcher, “playing in the dirt”, never looks at the ball. She knows where it is. She just does her job. PHOTOS BY MARK STRAIN.

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