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Long Balls Tame Panthers!

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Lexington scored 11 runs and pounded out 13 hits Saturday afternoon, easily eliminating Carolina Forest in 5A Playoff action.  The final score was 11-1.  With the win, the Lady Wildcats will continue their post-season run on Monday evening at West Florence in another elimination game.

Lexington scored two runs in the home half of the second inning.  Autumn Garling’s one-out single scored Denaud Santini.  Two batters later, Sarah Gordon, running for Garling, scored on a Panther error.

Carolina Forest scored their only run of the afternoon in the top of the third on three singles.

A 2-1 game became lopsided as the Cats went on offense in the fourth.  Two doubles and a walk loaded the bases with none out.  Ashley Jacoby’s fly to right center cleared the wall for a grand slam and suddenly the Lexington lead was 6-1.  It was Jacoby’s second homer of the season.  With one out and two Wildcats on base, Allie Light hit the second long ball of the inning, a three-run homer to left field to make it 9-1.  Later in the inning, with the bases loaded, Saige Stanley crossed home on a passed ball.

With a 10-1 lead in the fifth, Aleah Waters walked and moved to second on a balk.  Waters advanced to third on a sacrifice and Allie Light singled her home to end the game by virtue of the 5-inning, 10-run rule.

Lexington is now 15-6.  With a win on Monday, they will advance to the District finals.

Lexington Hitting
Allie Light:  3 for 4, 1 run scored, 4 RBI, 1 HR
Kenzo Kaiser:  2 for 4
Saige Stanley:  2 for 3 (double), 2 runs scored
Autumn Garling:  2 for 3 (double), 1 RBI
Sarah Gordon:  2 runs scored
Ashley Jacoby:  1 for 3, 1 run scored, 4 RBI, grand slam HR
Aleah Waters:  1 for 2, 1 base on balls, 1 run scored
Abby Welch:  0 for 1, 2 bases on balls, 1 run scored

Winning Pitcher
Allie Light:  5 innings pitched, 1 run (earned), 3 hits, 0 walks

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