AIKEN — The top of the order was next for South Aiken, ready to get that one little run.
South Aiken would get its chance to score, but not until after it had a long wait – after the mountain grew much taller.
In Tuesday’s region contest, Lexington scored three runs in the top of the seventh to pad its lead en route to a 6-2 road win at South Aiken.
With the bases loaded and one out, the Wildcats (13-3, 5-0 Region 5-AAAA) got a hit by pitch, sacrifice fly and a hit past the third baseman to add space on the scoreboard against pitcher Taylor Widener.
“That last inning took the air out of us,” Thoroughbreds coach Bob Polewski said.
Besides getting those late runs, Lexington also had a gritty performance from starting pitcher Josh Reagan. After South Aiken (11-4, 5-2) tagged Reagan with two runs in the first on a Widener double and a Preston Dawson ground out, Reagan threw six shutout innings.
The senior often fought against tight spots, as at least two batters reached from the first through the fourth innings. In the seventh, Reagen had several 3-2 counts, but he struck out the leadoff hitter and then got a fly out to center for the last out with one on.
“He just battles,” Wildcats coach Brian Hucks said. “He’s got some stripes on his shoulders, so he’s used to being in the war, so to speak. He didn’t have his best stuff tonight, but he battled.”
Lexington took the lead after falling behind 2-0 early by getting one run in the second and then two in the third. The Wildcats scored all three runs off of sacrifice flies.
Lexington didn’t score again until the seventh.
“We knew that we needed to get a few more, so to get that was great,” Hucks said about the inning.