Lebanon took on Frankfort in a storm delayed Sectional final at North Montgomery on Monday night and came out on the short-end of 5 to 4 Hot Dog win that went eight innings. The Tigers took a one run lead in the top of the 8th but Frankfort plated two in the bottom to take the championship.
The Hot Dogs struck early against Tiger starter Michael Reese and led 3 to 0 after two. Reese would hold them after that as LHS tied the game with a pair of runs in the 3rd and a single notch in the 6th, setting up the 8th inning drama. Tiger senior Ryan Nastav led off with a double over the centerfielder’s head. Logan Elsbury, running for Nastav, was sacrificed to third by junior Drew Cosgray. Then with one out, senior Jonathan Moore, as he did in the morning win over Crawfordsville, laid down a perfect safety squeeze bunt that scored Elsbury with the go-ahead run.
Now down 4 to 3, Frankfort’s Conner Boone led off with a bloop double to right. The next batter, Jose Valdes-Sandoval, drove in Boone with the tying run with a single to center. Reese then struck out the clean-up hitter Christian Lopez-Alanis and got a ground ball out from Jack Wilkins that moved Valdes-Sandoval into scoring position at 2nd. That brought Casey Henry to the plate with two outs. With a one and two count, he would single to left driving in the winning run.
Valdes-Sandoval was the winning pitcher in relief of Lopez-Alanis. He went the final two innings giving up one earned on two hits. He struck out one. Reese took the loss going the full seven and two-thirds, allowing the five earned on nine hits and a pair of walks. He fanned three.
Joining Nastav with two hits in the game were Reese and sophomore Garrett Harker. One of Harker’s hits was a home run. The loss left the Tigers at 12 and 15 on the season.