Lexington’s Cole McMillan and Elliott Lance combined for a no-hit pitching performance in a 9-0 win over Wren on Friday in the second round of the International Paper Classic baseball tournament in Georgetown.
A.C. Flora, the No. 1 team in Class 3A, also rolled to an easy second-round victory, crushing Belton-Honea Path 11-1.
McMillan stated and went five innings against the Golden Hurricanes, striking out six al issuing two walks. Lance finished up with two hitless innings in relief and had three strikeouts and two walks.
Offensively, the Wildcats turned up the heat early, scoring five runs in the bottom of the first inning. Of note, all five runs crossed with two outs. The big move began with a two-run double by Collin Steagall and concluded with a three-run homer by Cody Smith. Leadoff hitter Ryan Brown also smacked a solo home run and scored three runs in all.
Lexington finishes pool play at 8:30 a.m. today against Carolina Forest. A win puts the Wildcats in the IP Classic championship game on Sunday, possibly against Midlands rival A.C. Flora.
The Falcons also improved to 2-0 in the tournament with an 11-1 rout of Belton-Honea Path 11-1 in five innings behind the hitting of David Houser and the pitching of Davis Funderburk. Houser slugged two home runs, scored three times and had five RBIs. His leadoff home run in the bottom of the first wiped out the only BHP lead of the game, and he later added a two-run shot in the fifth. Funderburk pitched all five innings to get the win. It wasn’t a neat performance, but BHP managed only one run despite getting six hits and drawing five walks off Funderburk.
Everett Eynon also had a big offensive day foer the Falcons with three hits and three runs scored.
Flora can qualify for the tournament championship game with a third round win over Greenville today at 4 p.m.