Boys Junior Varsity Baseball, Boys Varsity Baseball · 1 Afternoon. 2 Walk-Off Wins!


Lexington captured both ends of a doubleheader Friday afternoon against a strong Charlotte Christian squad.  They did it in dramatic fashion with both wins coming on walk-offs.

In Game 1, the Wildcats got off to a 2-0 lead in the first inning but the Knights of Charlotte Christian scored 3 in the second and added single runs in the third and fifth innings.  Facing a 5-2 deficit in the deciding at bat, Wells Sykes led off with a double and scored when Ryan Toll followed with a triple.  Nathan Hall singled to left to bring Toll home and close the gap to 5-4.  Blake Knight doubled to right field and with no outs and down by 1, Lexington had runners at second and third when Cole Long was hit by a pitch to load the bases.  A throwing error by the Knight pitcher allowed 2 runs to cross and gave the Wildcats a 6-5 win in the opener.  In relief of starter Cole Long, Will McFarland picked up the win.

Game 2 was a back and forth affair with Lexington leading after one inning 3-2.  A Charlotte Christian homerun to left field tied the game in the third inning but the Cats answered with a run of their own in the bottom of the frame on back-to-back doubles off the bats of Knight and Long.  Charlotte Christian again took the lead in the final inning on a single and a double.  In their last at bat, Lexington was knotted in a 4-4 ballgame when Nathan Hall stepped up to the plate to lead off the inning.  On a 1-1 pitch, Hall blasted a towering homer to left-center field to give his team the second walk-off win in just a few hours.  Blake Knight, who relieved Cal Herndon on the mound, picked up the win.

Lexington is now 9-1 overall as they prepare to play in the SC Diamond Invitational beginning Wednesday.  Their opponents for the first 3 games will be Blythewood (Wednesday), Westwood (Thursday), and TL Hanna (Friday).  Region play resumes on Monday April 12 when the Wildcats host co-Region 5 leader Dutch Fork.

GAME 1

Nathan Hall:  3 for 3, double, 2 runs, 2 RBI, 1 SB
Blake Knight:  3 for 3, double, 1 run, 1 RBI, 1 SB
Wells Sykes:  1 for 3, 2 runs, 2 SB
Ryan Toll:  1 for 3, 1 run, 1 RBI
Bennett Robinson:  1 for 2, 1 SB

Cole Long (starting pitcher):  3 innings pitched, 4 runs (2 earned), 3 hits, 3 K
Will McFarland:  2 innings pitched, 1 run, 1 hit, 2 K

GAME 2

Nathan Hall:  2 for 3, double/homerun, 2 runs, 2 RBI, 1 SB
Wells Sykes:  1 for 2, 1 run, 2 SB
Blake Knight:  1 for 2, double, 1 run, 1 RBI
Gage Goodwin:  1 for 1, 1 SB
Cole Long:  1 for 2, double
Tyler Floyd:  1 run, 1 SB

Cal Herndon (starting pitcher): 3 innings pitched, 3 runs, 3 hits, 3 strikeouts
Blake Knight:  2 innings pitched, 1 run, 3 hits, 2 strikeouts