Wildcat alumnus help Post 7 even Best-of-Five Series
Coming off a 12-inning Game 1 road loss, playing Tuesday at Lexington High School was a welcomed sight for Lexington Post 7.
Several players, including Chase Crouch and Cole Lemacks, are Wildcat alumnus who looked to thrive in the friendly confines in Game 2.
Their offensive output and a complete game performance by River Bluff rising senior Will Lott helped Post 7 even the Best-of-Five series with a 8-4 victory.
"Last night was tough," said Lexington head coach Michael Riefsynder regarding the 5-4 Game 1 loss. "We played 12. It was a groundout. We had the lead twice and we just didn't capitalize on those. We bounced back tonight and we really showed we can take care of business at home."
Lemacks and Crouch combined for three hits and five RBI and Lott allowed just four hits and struck out two on the mound.
"The guy on the mound tonight (Lott) he really battled," Riefsynder said. "He showed me a lot tonight. He's done that his last few starts. He's really turned himself on the mound."
It was Crouch's bases-clearing double in the Bottom 6th which highlighted a 5-run rally from down 4-3.
Lexington High rising sophomore Ryan DeRienzo put Post 7 up 1-0 with an RBI single in the bottom of the first. Bradwin Salmond tied the game in the top of the third with a double, only to have Lemacks answer with a 2-run homer to put Lexington ahead 3-1.
A solo home run by Todd Mattox and 2-run blast by William Cobb in the top of the sixth gave Camden a 4-3 lead.
Instead of allowing a second straight comeback win, Post 7 responded in the bottom half of the inning. Lexington loaded the bases and tied the game when Jackson Hannon scored on a groundball hit by DeRienzo and booted for an error at first base by Cobb.
Crouch proceeded to clear the bases with a 3-run double into rightfield. David Jacobs added an insurance run with an RBI single and Lott got the final three outs on a double play and groundout for the win.
Game Three is set for Wednesday at Legion Field in Camden.
Chapin/Newberry 8, Anderson 6
Chapin/Newberry Post 193 evened its Best-of-Five Series with a road victory.
Game 3 is set for Wednesday at Smith Road Complex on the campus of Newberry College.