Prep Baseball: Jackets use big inning to overtake Bulldogs
In a battle of two teams seeking their first conference win of the season, Lexington and Thomasville got their money’s worth in deciding an outcome.
After the two clubs combined for 28 runs, 24 hits, 11 errors, nine walks, eight hit batsmen and seven pitching changes, the dust finally settled and revealed the Yellow Jackets had come out on top, 17-11, in the Central Carolina Conference tilt Monday at Holt-Moffitt Field.
Had it not been for a disastrous sixth inning for the Bulldogs, the final score could have easily spelled a win in their favor.
In the frame, Lexington sent 16 men to the plate to overtake THS in what had been a 10-6 lead for the visitors down Business 85. A half inning before, Thomasvile had tacked on two runs to its lead when. Felix Fernandez had a leadoff single and James Bethea sacrificed him over with a bunt. The throw to first was off target and that allowed Fernandez to score. Two batters later, Zach Anderson lifted a fly ball to center to plate Bethea for a four-run cushion.
It would be gone after the next five batters in the Lexington lineup scored. With the bases loaded and the Jackets down one, Anderson — in relief of Skylar Barnes — hit a batter to tie the score, then walked in Rey Cuanas to put the Jackets in front. Four straight hits by Lexington continued to pile on runs. Antonio Evans scored the 17th and final LHS tally on Jordan Holden’s single up the middle.
“We hit a couple batters and walked a few then they put the sticks on a couple of them,” said Thomasville coach Stan Baranowski. “That is a good team and Lexington always has athletes. You cannot ever count them out.”
Thomasville fared well at the plate themselves, matching the hit total of Lexington. That is something the team has improved on throughout the season, especially in the last few games.
“The guys have been swinging the bats pretty good and I am proud of them,” said Baranowski. “They are getting better every game and that is what we hoped to do.”
What gets in the way of the improving offense is a struggling defense. Though only three errors were committed in the game by the Bulldogs, there were plenty of other miscues that equaled an error. Several balls in the outfield that should have been caught dropped, errant throws, and of course many walks and hit batters contributed to the loss.
“We just reverted to our old method of these silly errors,” Baranowski said. “There were three or four balls that we missed in the outfield and it ended up costing us. They only gave us three errors which is nice of them. Our defense really hurt us tonight.”
Notes: Chaz Hill had two hits and four RBIs to lead the 4-14, 1-8 Jackets ... Holden had three hits ... Fernandez had three hits for the Bulldogs and Anderson picked up two. THS is 0-9 in the CCC.