By Tony Ciuffo
Cordes Baker tossed a complete-game one-hitter , William Hunter scored twice and Trey Watts added a pair of hits that helped third-ranked Lexington to a 4-0 win over No. 7 South Aiken in Region 5-AAAA high school baseball action at Wildcats Field on Friday. The Wildcats improved to 4-1 against ranked opponents this season.
Lexington, which improved to 5-1 and 2-0 in league games, plays at No. 4 Dorman at 1:00 on Saturday.
Baker (2-0) was outstanding allowing only a leadoff infield hit by Mars Flores in the top of the sixth inning. He walked one and struck out 10 in the 90-pitch performance. Baker retired the first eight batters of the game before a hit batter and a throwing error produced South Aiken’s best scoring threat in the third inning. With a runner at third base and two outs, Baker struck out Trey Polewski to end the threat.
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Baker walked Mason Collins leading off the fourth but settled down to retire the next six batters before surrendering his only hit to start the sixth inning. Baker answered by retiring the final six batters of the game to seal the win.
For the season, Baker has allowed three hits over 14 1/3 innings with three walks and 25 strikeouts. Opponents are hitting only .064 against the junior right-hander. The Wildcats struck first with an unearned run in the second inning. Hunter reached on a one-out error and scored on Jordan Buster’s two-out single to center for a 1-0 Lexington lead.
Lexington extended its lead with three runs in the bottom of the fourth. Will Lacount had sacrifice fly while Watts and Michael Smoak added RBI singles that gave Lexington a 4-0 cushion.
Will Vardadore was the starter and loser for the Thoroughbreds allowing four runs, three earned, on six hits with two strikeouts over six innings of work.