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LWC Baseball rides strong offensive showing to 15-5 win

By Brady Budke

Oakland City, IN - Entering this afternoon's non-conference game against Oakland City (IN), the Lindsey Wilson baseball team was averaging 9.5 hits per game. Today, the team produced 15 hits alongside four home runs while six players recorded at least one RBI in a 15-5 win over the Mighty Oaks in eight innings.

It was a career game for Lucas Bault, who garnered his LWC career-high of four RBIs to go along with three hits. Close behind, Tyler Maskill added three RBIs and two hits while Austin Rayno, Seth Price, and Nico Martinez all tallied two RBIs apiece on the day. Henry Paulino added one RBI in the winning effort on one of the team's solo home runs.

Brandon Wilson earned the start and the win on the bump, going six complete innings of work where he gave up six hits while recording two strikeouts. Jake McDaniel came in for relief of Wilson, pitching two complete innings to finish things out allowing just one hit while corralling two strikeouts.

The scoring began early with a trio of home runs from the Blue Raiders in the first inning. Rayno, who was just the second batter of the game, crushed a two-run home run to propel LWC forward. This was quickly followed up a few at-bats later by a pair of back-to-back solo home runs from Price and Maskill.

With Lindsey Wilson out in front 4-0 in the first, the game was delayed for a short period of time due to lightning in the area.

The Mighty Oaks came ready right out of the delay, crossing five runs in the bottom half of the first to take the lead.

However, the Blue Raiders quickly tied the game at five runs apiece after scoring a run off an Oakland City field error in the second.

With momentum shifting back in favor of LWC, the team regained the lead in the third when Bault notched an RBI single to score a run. Bault continued his strong day on offense with his second RBI of the contest coming two innings later in the fifth of a double that scored another. With this run, the Blue Raiders held a 7-5 advantage.

The scoreboard went quiet for an inning until Paulino broke the silence in the seventh with his solo home run to lift Lindsey Wilson to a three run cushion.

It was not long until the floodgates completely opened as Lindsey Wilson scored eight runs in the eighth inning. Price got things started in the inning with an RBI single that scored a run. The next at-bat, Maskill recorded an RBI single of his own to bring two runners home. Martinez joined in with an RBI double a few batters later to cross two more. Bault capped things off with an RBI single to score the two runs that the Blue Raiders needed to secure the 10-run mercy rule.

The Lindsey Wilson baseball team returns to the field on Saturday and Sunday to battle No. 25 Freed-Hardeman (TN) in a Mid-South Conference series at Egnew Park.

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