A similar storyline played out on the baseball and softball fields on Wednesday evening as Wildcat teams were eliminated in their respective Lower State brackets. Both Lexington teams got good pitching performances from their aces but were unable to produce the needed offensive support as they were shut out by stellar pitching from the opposition.
At River Bluff, the Gators got off to an early lead when Hunter Garris’ 2-out double scored Alex Urban, who had singled to open the inning. They extended the lead to 2-0 in the 4th inning on a solo homer to right field off the bat of Noah Lebron. In the 6th inning, 2 singles, a double, and a sacrifice fly produced 2 runs. The final tally was River Bluff with 4 runs on 8 hits and Lexington with 0 runs on just 4 hits.
Grant Brittingham went the distance for the Gators, striking out 9. It was also a complete game for Jonathan Howlett who struck out 6. Both pitchers showed good control, neither allowing a walk.
Lexington hitting was led by senior Noah Huthmaker, who went 2 for 3. He finishes the season with a team-leading .469 average. He also led the team in doubles with 10, homeruns with 5, and RBI’s with 28.
Lexington finished the 2018 season with a 22-8 record. They were the Region 5 champions, and won their District playoff championship as well. Meanwhile, River Bluff will move on to the 5A State Championship series against Dorman, who defeated TL Hanna to win the Upper State title.
Departing seniors include: John Carter, Chase Crouch, Trevor Daniel, Ryan DeRienzo, Jonathan Howlett, Noah Huthmaker, Jared Kirven, Austin Pearce, Nathan Roof, and Jake Wisniewski.
In an elimination game with the Region 5 champion White Knoll Timberwolves, the Lady Wildcats went down a run quickly on 2 errors in the 1st inning. White Knoll added 2 more scores in the 5th on a double, 2 singles, and another Wildcat error.
Lexington managed just 3 hits off Andrea Lyons, who struck out 10. Jaci Fleming went 1 for 3, and Sarah Gordon delivered 2 hits in 3 at bats. Allie Light was equally effective in the circle allowing only 1 earned run while striking out 11 Timberwolf hitters. By virtue of the 3-0 win, White Knoll moves on to the Lower State Final where they must travel to Ashley Ridge and defeat the Swamp Foxes in 2 consecutive games.
Lexington ends an exciting 2018 season with a mark of 18-8. Next year they will be without the services of graduating seniors, McKenzie Kaiser, Denaed Santini, and Caitlin Sweet.