By Tony Ciuffo
Third-ranked Lexington split a doubleheader against a pair of ranked opponents in the Red Bank Invitational (RBI) high school baseball tournament at Wildcats Field on Saturday. The Wildcats outslugged No. 10 Nation Ford 13-10 in the first game and dropped a 6-4, 8-inning decision to No. 6 West Ashley in the nightcap.
Lexington, which is 2-1 on the season, plays its final game in the RBI on Sunday at White Knoll High School.
In the opener, the Wildcats' Ryan Brown collected four hits and Brice Kirven and Justin Bowers had two hits while Marshall Pratte had a pair of hits including a home run.
Dillon Headden (1-0) picked up the win in relief working five innings with seven strikeouts. Kirven pitched the final 1 1/3 innings for his first save. In the nightcap, Will Lacount belted a solo homer in the bottom of the sixth inning that tied the game at 4-all but West Ashley (1-1) used a pair of walks, a hit batter, an error and a wild pitch to score twice in the eighth inning to secure the win.
Lacount finished 1-for-2 with a pair of RBI to pace Lexington. West Ashley got two hits each from Connor Whonig and Tyrie Blalock.
Jonathan Sabo (1-0) earned the 119-pitch win allowing four runs, one earned, on four hits with eight strikeouts over eight innings. Trey Watts (0-1) was the tough-luck loser allowing a pair of unearned runs over 3 2/3 innings of relief with five strikeouts.