AIKEN — Lexington didn’t need much time to retake the lead and put South Aiken on the brink of elimination in baseball.
The Thoroughbreds tied the game in the third but trailed again in the next half inning and didn’t recover as they lost 6-2 Saturday evening in a SCHSL Class AAAA Lower State tournament game.
Thoroughbreds coach Bob Polewski was proud of his team’s fight and believes in its ability to respond after the first playoff defeat.
“If not, they’ll be collecting uniforms,” he said.
John Leopard had given South Aiken (14-10) new life in the bottom of the third, when he hit a two-run homer to tie the game at 2.
The Wildcats’ Colie Bowers had hit a two-run homer in the top of the inning.
But the South Aiken momentum was short-lived, with three hits and a crucial error allowing Lexington to score three times in the fourth.
“Up 5-2, with our deep pitching staff, I felt that was a pretty good cushion,” Wildcats coach Brian Hucks said.
It was, but South Aiken did get close before Lexington added another run in the seventh.
Though the Thoroughbreds had at least one base- runner in each of the past four innings after falling behind, they still came up empty.
One run-scoring chance ended at the plate, as a runner was thrown out at home on a Blue Sanderson double in the fourth.
But South Aiken’s best chance came in the fifth.
With two already on with a Leopard double and a walk for Taylor Widener – he reached four base four times – catcher Robert Rezac singled to load the bases.
However, with only one out, relief pitcher A.J. Hart got two timely strikeouts.