Lexington puts it early lead in Region 5-4A baseball on the line this week with match-ups against top contenders North Augusta and White Knoll. The Wildcats (5-3 overall) enter the week with a 4-0 region performance so far, and enjoy a one-game lead in the loss column over both NA (4-1) and WK (3-1).
Tommy Mishoe’s defending region champions travel to face North Augusta tonight, and play host to neighboring White Knoll on Friday.
“It would be nice to coming through the week and have a two-game lead as we get close to the end of the first go-through in the region, but I’m not looking ahead to anything but North Augusta,” said Mishoe.
“We’ve been fortunate because we’ve struggled getting hits with runners in scoring position. We’ve pitched pretty well and played pretty good defense, but we’re just getting enough done with the bats.”
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Last week, the Wildcats blanked Irmo 4-0 and nipped Dutch Fork 5-3. Alex Brooks upped his record to 1-1 and lowered his ERA to 0.88 with a three-hit shutout vs. Irmo. Brooks had six strikeouts and issued three walks. Lexington did not give Brooks much breathing room until Matthew Van Laan belted a three-run homer run in the bottom of the sixth inning. The ‘Cats trailed DF until John McInnis delivered a two-run single in the fifth inning. Kyle Turner added an insurance run with a RBI single in the sixth. Turner also picked up the mound decision in relief of Robert Hendrix, facing only nine Silver Foxes batters (one over the minimum) in a 2.2-inning stint. Turner allowed no hits and fanned three.
Charlton Herpst and McInnis have been the most productive Wildcats at the plate. Herpst is batting .478 with a 1.147 OPS, seven runs scored, four RBIs and three stolen bases. McInnis is hitting .370 with a 1.026 OPS, nine RBIs, three doubles and one homer. Hendrix sports a .412 average (7-for-17) but has just one run scored and two RBIs.