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LWC Baseball splits doubleheader with Pikeville Saturday

By Brady Budke

Pikeville, KY - The Lindsey Wilson baseball team split a doubleheader with Pikeville (Ky.) on Saturday afternoon at Johnnie LeMaster Field in Pikeville, Kentucky. The split moves the Blue Raiders to 6-7 (3-3 MSC) on the season, while the Bears now sit at 4-9 (2-4 MSC).

Game one: Lindsey Wilson - 5 | Pikeville - 2
Game one of the day moved as a stalemate until the fifth inning, where Lindsey Wilson claimed a spot on the scoreboard first. Henry Paulino crushed a solo home run to right field on the first pitch of the at-bat, moving the Blue Raiders ahead 1-0.

Pikeville refused to fold, adding the tying run in the sixth before eventually crossing the go-ahead run in the seventh.

Now down a run, LWC successfully notched the equalizer on a sacrifice fly by Nico Martinez in the eighth.

The Blue Raiders jumped ahead in the ninth when Ty Menrath brought home two runs on an RBI double. Another run would cross in the inning on a misplayed ground ball by the Bears. This time, Pikeville was unable to answer and eventually fell for the second straight game.

From the plate, Menrath, Derek Zavala, and Seth Price all led with two hits each. Menrath led the team with his two RBIs in the ninth.

Andy Rosales earned the start from the bump, going six complete innings where he recorded seven strikeouts while allowing just three hits, two walks, and one earned run. Cohen Achen was the winning pitcher by going three complete innings, allowing just two hits and one walk while recording a lone strikeout.

Game two (seven innings): Lindsey Wilson - 6 | Pikeville - 7
Pikeville jumped out early in game two of the day, notching five total runs in the first three innings of play.

Kelvin Llanos stepped up in the fourth and put the Blue Raiders on the board with a run off an RBI single. However, UPIKE continued to control the plate, matching the run scored by Llanos in the bottom half of the fifth to go back up by five once again.

In the next inning, Lindsey Wilson drove in four runs to remain alive in the contest. Zavala, Lucas Bault, and Gabe Board all added RBIs while Llanos scored on a passed ball.

Despite the late game heroics from the Blue Raiders, Pikeville weathered the storm by scoring a run in the sixth. That run proved to be the difference maker, as LWC scored a run in the final inning but it proved to not be enough.

Eight different Lindsey Wilson batters recorded at least one hit in the loss. Four of those eight had at least one RBI. Bradley Hines recorded the start and loss from the mound, throwing 2 1/3 innings while allowing six hits and five earned runs alongside walking one and striking out two. Cade Duncan finished the game out, going 3 2/3 innings with four hits allowed, two earned runs, and two strikeouts.

Lindsey Wilson returns to the field on Tuesday, March 9, to battle No. 21 Bryan (Tenn.) at Egnew Park beginning at 4 p.m. CT.

This story was posted on 2021-03-07 15:06:03
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