Lexington defeated A.C. Flora 3-1 on Sunday in Georgetown to secure the championship at the 2nd Annual International Paper Classic.
A.J. Hart and Elliott Lance combined for a six-hitter and Cody Smith delivered what proved to be the game-winning hit with a two-run home run in the top of the second inning. Hart went 5.1 innings to pick up the mound decision and Lance earned a save by retiring all four ACF batters he faced, Lance came in to induced an inning-ending double play in the sixth and had a 1-2-3 seventh.
The Wildcats (5-0) scored an insurance run in the fourth. Austin Bello drew a leadoff walk and eventually scored on an infield ground out off the bat of Collie Bowers.
States Clawson had two hits for the Falcons (3-1), and scored the team’s only run in the third. Clawson opened the frame with a single off Hart, moved to second on a bunt by Madison Stokes and came home of Matt Wallace’s RBI single.
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Jack Hudgens was the starting and losing pitcher for Flora.
Smith, Bello and Collin Steagall were Lexington’s three picks on the all-tournament team. David Houser, Jake Lewis and Everett Eynon made the the Flora players on the all-tournament team.
Lexington returns to Region 5-4A play on Tuesday at home against Aiken. ACF (3-1) opens its Region 5-3A campaign on Tuesday at home against Chapin.