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Warriors Stun Rival Lex in Baseball

Story By: Jeff Alan

 

 

 
 
 
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  Original Published: 5/10/2013

Two of the best baseball teams in the area, who just happened to be ranked in the state's top five in their respective divisions Ontario, ranked third in D-3 and Lexington ranked third in D-2, met up Thursday evening at Ontario.  Lexington wasted no time in getting on the board first scoring two runs.  After Mason Willike (4-for-4) bunted his way on base, Lex's Zach Sterry (3-for-3, with a walk) sent a Paul Homan pitch over the right field fence for a 2-0 Lexington lead.

Ontario did get a run back in the second, after Wyatt Clemens was safe on an error, Homan helped himself by getting an RBI single that scored Clemens.  Making it 2-1 Lex after two.

In the third inning the Minutemen pounded the baseball scoring five runs, the big blow again coming off the bat of Sterry with a ground rule double.  Lex's Logan Bastin, Evan Lee and James Watkins all collected RBI's and after just two and half the Minutemen led 7-1.

Ontario picked up two unearned runs in the bottom of the third, but Lex came right back with two more runs in the top of the fourth to make it 9-3, but Lex would not score again despite having the bases loaded in the sixth with nobody out, as Clemens who came on in relief of Homan and Ontario's defense was able to get out of the jam.

In the home half of the sixth, Ontario scored five runs highlighted by Aaron Baker's three run triple as the Warriors closed the gap to 9-8.

After a scoreless top of the seventh, the Warriors would win the game, with a little help from the Minutemen who committed back-to-back errors putting runners on first and second.  A walk loaded the bases, then after a Lex pitching change the game nearly ended on a double play, but Tyler Beal beat the throw to first base which brought the tying run home.  Then with a runner on third, Ontario's Kyle Pasheilich sent an 0-2 pitch down the right field line for the game winning RBI.  The final score 10-9 in favor of Ontario.

Lex outhit Ontario 15 to 11, but six errors aided the Warriors comeback.  With the win Ontario improves to 22-1 in all games, while Lexington dips to 18-4.  Both teams have a chance to clinch outright conference championships next week, Lex in the OCC, Ontario in the NCC.  Both will also be in tournament next week, Ontario in Division III, will play at Bucyrus against the winner of the Bucyrus/Carey matchup on Tuesday.  Lexington in Division II, at Clyde against the Shelby/Tiffin Columbian winner on Tuesday. 

   
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