LHS HOLDS ON AND BEATS SPEEDWAY IN EXTRAS
The Tigers let a lead slip away late but put up three runs in the 8th to beat the Sparkplugs 9 to 6 Wednesday evening within earshot of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Lebanon finally broke out their bats as they banged out 17 hits for the game. Leading the way was Junior DH Ryan Nastav as he collected 4 hits (2 doubles) and knocked in three. Sophomore Michael Reese and Freshman Garrett Harker each had 3 hits with Reese driving in a pair. Senior Nick Dafoe was the other Tiger with multiple hits, a pair of singles that plated two.
Reese was the hard luck starter for the Black and Gold. The first two Speedway batters in the pivotal 6th inning reached on errors and would eventually score as part of the game tying rally. Reese went five innings, giving up the 6 runs (only 3 earned) on 4 hit and 3 walks. He struck out three Plugs. Senior Haydn Parker came on in relief with the bases loaded and stopped Speedway’s rally to force extra innings. He pitched two and two-thirds for the win, allowing no runs on a pair of hits and a walk. He fanned four. Senior Ben Johnson came on due to pitch count considerations and got the last out. He gave up a bloop single and struck out the final batter for the save.
The win moves the Tigers to 10 and 13 on the season, 6 and 7 in conference. They will wrap up league play Friday night at home against Tri-West. It will be Senior Night at Memorial Park with recognition of Seniors Dafoe, Nick Bland, Kobe Burtron, Johnson, Tyler Welborn, and Parker prior to the 6:00 start. Then on Saturday the regular season will conclude with two games at Twin Lakes High School (coach Rick Cosgray’s alma mater). They take on Rochester at 1:30 followed by Tippecanoe Valley at approximately 4:00. Sectional play starts on May 23rd when the Tigers will face the Frankfort Hot Dogs at 6:00 in Crawfordsville.