At the midpoint of the 2016 baseball season, Lexington was mired in mediocrity. After winning the NaturChem Invitational in convincing fashion, they dropped their first four Region ballgames and began trading wins and losses, struggling with low offensive output and key defensive miscues.
As the end of the regular season nears, Wildcat Baseball is arguably one of the hottest programs around. They have won 6 games in a row, several under must-win circumstances. During the current win streak, they are averaging 6 runs per game while allowing only 2 to their competition. In addition, the Cats are 5-4 in Region play and are looking to lock up the #3 spot on Thursday evening when they host White Knoll who enters with a 16-5 overall record and a Region 7-2 mark.
The 6th consecutive win was a battle of Cats with the Wildcats surviving a late rally by the Bengals of Blythewood.
Consecutive doubles by Brice Kirven in the bottom of the 1st inning gave Lexington a 1-0 lead that would hold up until the top of the 4th. The Bengals put together a double, single, and a sacrifice to even the score, 1-1.
In the Lexington half of the 4th, the Cats loaded the bases with no outs. A Cole Lemacks single to right brought Rhett Bane home. Dalton Lansdowne’s sac fly plated Will Alewine and advanced Jared Kirven to third base where he quickly scored on a passed ball. The advantage went to the Wildcats 4-1 after 4 innings.
Lexington added another run in the 5th. After 1 out, David Jacobs delivered a single to center followed by a Rhett Bane double to left. Jacobs was tagged out at the plate on a well executed Blythewood throw as Bane advanced to 3rd base. He scored 5 pitches later on a passed ball.
Blythewood rallied in the 6th beginning with leadoff walks that forced Lexington to go to the bullpen in relief of starter Noah Davis. After a popout to 2nd base, Blythewood slugged single then a double to score 2 runs. Lexington defense and pitching registered 2 quick outs, a tag out at home and a strikeout to end the Bengal challenge.
After a scoreless Wildcat 6th inning, Blythewood was retired 1-2-3 in the 7th and the final was 5-2 in favor of the home team.
Hitters for Lexington:
Cole Lemacks: 1 for 4, 1 RBI
Dalton Lansdowne: 1 for 3, 1 RBI
Brice Kirven: 1 for 3, 1 run scored
Bubba Bowers: 2 for 3, 1 RBI
David Jacobs: 1 for 3
Rhett Bane: 2 for 3, 2 runs scored
Will Alewine: 1 for 3, 1 run scored
Jared Kirven: 1 for 2, 1 run scored
Noah Davis (Winning Pitcher): 5 innings pitched, 3 runs, 4 hits, 5 K, 2 BB
Ben Sauls (Save): 2 innings pitched, 0 runs, 2 hits, 1 K