A nine-run advantage was not enough for Cross Creek to seal a doubleheader sweep of Locust Grove, and the Wildcats lived to see another day in the state playoffs.
Locust Grove came back from nine runs down to beat Cross Creek 11-10 in the second game of a doubleheader, earning a split on Friday and sending the Class AAA state playoff series to a Game 3.
The two teams will meet at Cross Creek at 1 p.m. today.
In the second game Friday, the Razorbacks (20-6-1) jumped out to a nine-run lead in the third, but the Wildcats were able to inch back to within five by the fifth inning.
Cross Creek starter Blake Miller showed fatigue by the sixth inning and was pulled with two runners on and no outs. Lazenby, who started the first game, was brought back in after throwing 79 pitches in a complete-game start in the previous game. He gave up both of Miller’s runs and two of his own for a 10-8 lead after six.
Locust Grove (13-10) went back to work against Lazenby in the final half frame when Lazenby hit a batter and walked the next to put the tying run on base start the inning. He was pulled for Matthew Avret, who struck out the first batter.
However, after a single loaded the bases, leadoff hitter Cortez McDowell followed with a two-run single to left field to plate two runs and tie the game at 10, and McDowell was able to reach second base on the throw home. Bo Danekes followed with the walk-off, RBI single to left that plated McDowell, capping a nine-run comeback.
Lazenby hit a three-run homer and went 2 for 3 with three RBI, reaching base four times.
“We’ve been riding him all year and I’m sure fatigue is setting in, but he gave us all he had,” Cross Creek coach Tavis Cummings said.
Lazenby gave up three runs on four hits in a complete-game win in the first game as Cross Creek won, 6-3.
The senior also hit a home run in the first game.