Eagles Nip Jarrell 5-4
Lexington defeated Jarrell, Tuesday night, to set up Friday’s game with Academy as a “do or end” the season scenario. Lexington fell behind early, due to mistakes, and then battled back to top the 2012 state champions.
Lexington scored in the top of the first. W.E. Meuth hit a hard ground ball to second base. The Jarrell second baseman erred in trying to catch the ball. The ball also eluded the Jarrell right fielders as Meuth cruised around the base paths to third base. Derek Dane slapped a two-out single, to give Lexington a short lived 1-0 lead.
Lexington repaid the error on the leadoff hitter. A hard liner to the outfield was misjudged, putting two runners on base. A single produced two runs. Two more singles got another run across the plate with the first singler being thrown out, trying to take third, after the third run had scored. Jarrell led 3-1 after one complete inning.
A scoreless second inning was followed by a run for Lexington in the top of the third. Nathanael Clifford led off with a double. Clifford made it safely to third on a throwing error by Jarrell. Kevin Letbetter hit a slow roller back to the mound. The throw from the pitcher to first was dodged by the Jarrell first baseman after he lost the throw in the bright evening sun. This allowed Clifford to score easily, and Lexington closed to 3-2.
Jacob Muhl kept the Cougars at bay with a combination of curve balls and fast balls to specific locations as called by the coaching staff. Muhl did not allow another run until the sixth inning, after the first inning, and only five more hits strategically placed. It was his best pitching performance of the season.
Lexington tied the game with a singleton in the fourth. Ryan Garrison reached on a fielder’s choice. Jacob King followed with a single, and Clifford was hit by a pitch. Letbetter delivered a single, to tie the game at three.
Lexington took the lead in the top of the sixth inning. Garrison led off with a solid single. King followed suit and both moved up on a wild pitch. Muhl then lofted a sacrifice fly to left field, to score Garrison. Lexington led 4-3 for the first time in the game. Jarrell tied the game in their turn at bat in the sixth. A one-out single, and a two-out double tied the game at four.
Lexington took the lead, again, in the top of the seventh. Meuth reached on a fielding error by the Jarrell shortstop. Dane followed with a solid single, moving Meuth to third. Dane moved to second on the throw to third. Garrison banged a grounder to third that was misplayed, as Meuth scored.
Meuth came on in relief of Muhl in the bottom of the seventh. He closed out the Cougars with three quick outs, to set up the winner-take-all game with Academy Friday, April 25, in Lexington.