With Lebanon scraping for hits and runs in their 4 to 1 win over Southmont on Monday; they overcompensated on Tuesday, beating the Mounties 13 to 3 in five innings in Memorial Park. Ahead 12 to 3 going into the bottom of the 5th, sophomore Garrett Harker led off and took the second pitch he saw over the left field wall for the walk-off win.
Junior Michael Reese started and was the winner. He went four innings on only 37 pitches, giving up just two hits and a walk but had to leave the game for precautionary reasons due to an injury suffered running the bases. Junior Isaac McClaine came on in relief and surrendered the three runs (one earned) on four hits. He struck out two and was the victim of bad luck when Harker blew out first baseman Matthew Coddington’s glove with a throw that would have been the second out of the inning.
Senior Jonathan Moore came up big at the plate. He went two for two with a triple, five RBI’s, and two runs scored. His triple with the bases loaded came in the Tigers’ 6-run first inning. Others with multiple RBI were senior Michael O’Connor and junior Jarret French. Leadoff man Harker scored three times.
In Monday’s game, Harker was the complete game winner. He allowed the one unearned run on five hits and a pair of hit batters. He struck out a season high thirteen. Junior Nick Nies had the big hit of the game, driving in two with a double in the Tigers’ decisive 7th inning.
The wins move Lebanon to 11 and 10 on the season and 8 and 5 in league play. They have Wednesday to re-charge and will host Speedway for Senior Night on Thursday at 6:00. A short ceremony honoring the seniors and their families will take place before the game.