The outcome was never in doubt. Lexington captured a District championship Monday evening with an 8-2 decision over West Florence. It was their 20th win against 6 losses. The Cats now continue as one of the final four teams to compete for the Lower State Championship. They open competition at home on Thursday against Wando at 7:00 PM.
Lexington scored one in the 1st inning to take an early lead. After two outs, consecutive singles by Jared Kirven, David Cromer, and John Carter resulted in the run.
The Cats kept hitting in the second inning. Tristan Allen and Austin Pearce opened with singles. With one out, Noah Huthmaker drew an intentional walk. A passed ball allowed Allen to cross home. A second run crossed by virtue of Chase Crouch’s sacrifice fly to center. The Knights then misplayed a deep infield pop which scored Huthmaker. David Cromer delivered his second single in as many innings, this one driving in a run and giving his team a 5-0 lead.
West Florence put up their first run in 11 innings against Lexington on a hit batsman, walk and single in the top of the fourth to narrow the gap to 5-1. But the Cats quickly answered with two in the home half. Jared Kirven led off with a double to centerfield. Singles by John Carter and Chase Lemacks scored Kirven. Austin Pearce’s RBI double then brought Lemacks home.
Lexington scored their 8th and final run in the 5th on a Ryan DeRienzo single, a hit batter, a single off the bat of Chase Crouch, and a sacrifice ground out. The Knights managed one more run on a walk and two singles.
Jake Wisniewski was credited with the win. He pitched 6 innings, allowing 2 runs on 6 hits while striking out 5. Ty Watts held the Knights in the 7th to eliminate West Florence from the playoffs.
West Florence 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 2 6 1
Lexington 1 4 0 2 1 0 x 8 14 1
Jared Kirven: 2 for 4 (double), 3 runs, 1 RBI
David Cromer: 2 for 4, 1 RBI
John Carter: 2 for 3, 1 run, 1 RBI
Austin Pearce: 3 for 3 (double), 1 RBI
Chase Crouch: 1 for 3, 1 RBI
Chase Lemacks: 1 for 3, 1 RBI
Tristan Allen: 1 for 4, 1 run
Cal Herndon: 1 for 1, 1 run
Ryan DeRienzo: 1 for 1