Lexington and A.C. Flora scored opening- round wins at the International Paper Classic in Georgetown on Thursday.
Lexington was a 9-3 winner over Mauldin in Brian Hucks’ debut as the Wildcats’ manager, while A.. Flora needed nine innings to escape with a 5-2 win over host Georgetown.
Collin Steagall and Austin Bello headline Lexington’s 12-hit attack. Clean-up man Steagall was 3-for-4 with two runs and two RBIs. Bello had two hits in three at bats, scored twice and drove in two runs. Catcher Nick Ciuffo also had a two-hit game for the Wildcats.
Colie Bowers was the starter and winner, tossing five shutout innings, allowing just four hits.
David Houser led off the Flora-Georgetown game with a double and he eventually scored on Jake Lewis sacrifice fly. The Falcons then went seven scoreless innings before breaking it open with four runs in the top of the ninth. Jack Hudgens, Connor Desmond, Davis Funderburk and Houser delivered the RBIs.
Houser had the big offensive game for ACF with four hits in five trips to the plate. Madison Stokes went 2-for-3. Houser also picked up a save, inducing a game-ending double play with two Bulldog runners on base.
The 3A top-ranked Falcons face No. 4 Belton-Honea Path today at 1 p.m. Lexington, ranked sixth in 4A, face No. 3 Wren at 3:30 p.m.