Lexington baseball coach Brian Hucks is one win away from another milestone. The long-time Midlands diamond fixture won the 299th game of his 14-year career on Wednesday – a 12-2 Region 5-4A rout of Aiken.
That means the Wildcats have even more incentive in their next outing on Tuesday at home against South Aiken. The top-ranked ‘Cats not only can afford Hucks win No. 300, they also can put a virtual lock on the region pennant by completing a conference sweep of the eighth-ranked Thoroughbreds.
Hucks went 258-105 and won two state championships during his 12-season stay at Brookland-Cayce and is 41-7 to date in two seasons at his alma mater.
Lexington has been busy during spring break week after going 2-2 at the elite USA Baseball High School Invitational in Cary, NC. The Wildcats returned home to take a two-game lead over second-place South Aiken thanks to a 6-2 win on Tuesday over the host Thoroughbreds. LHS followed with another road win at Aiken.
South Aiken jumped out to a 2-0 lead on Lexington ace left-hander Josh Reagan, but the T-breds never crossed home plate again. The Wildcats plated on run in the second and took back the lead for good with two runs in the third. Brandon Camp’s sacrifice fly allowed courtesy runner Brice Kirven score scored what turned out to be the game-winning run.
Camp officially went 0-for-2 in the game, but was credited with two RBI. Zack Paquette, Cole McMillian and Cody Smith also had RBIs. Reagan allowed two earned runs and six hits while striking out five in the complete-game decision.
Lexington pounded out 13 hits against Aiken. Nick Ciuffo led the way with a 3-for-3 night with two RBI. McMillian had two hits and three RBIs, while David Barboza and Cameron Matthews drove in two runs apiece. Dalton Addy had a productive night, going 2-for-2 with three walks and three runs scored. The Wildcats used four pitchers in the six-inning game. Jordan Buster got the start and the win, pitching three shutout innings with four strikeouts.