Lexington’s 3-2 win over Top 10 rival South Aiken on Tuesday at Wildcats Field was notable for any number of reasons.
The triumph was the 300th of Brian Hucks coaching career, who is 42-7 in two seasons at Lexington after going 258-105 in 12 seasons at Brookland-Cayce. Moreover, the verdict also secured the region’s top seed in the upcoming state playoffs for the top-ranked Wildcats and clinched no worse than a share of the Region 5-4A pennant.
Not a bad night’s work.
The Wildcats (15-3, 7-0) grabbed a 1-0 first inning lead. Ryan Brown and Nick Ciuffo extended their hitting streaks to 17 games with singles and Brown eventually scored on Paquette's groundout to second.
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Cole McMillan led off the fourth inning with a double to left center, moved to third on David Barboza's sacrifice, and scored when Matthews bounced a single into center field for a 2-1 Wildcats' lead. After Lexington loaded the bases on singles by Brandon Camp and Cody Smith, Matthews scored on a wild pitch for a 3-1 lead.
The eighth-ranked Thoroughbreds made things interesting in the seventh inning, scoring one run and loading the bases before Wildcats relief ace ended the suspense with a game-ending strikeout.
Josh Reagan (6-0) picked up the win surrendering a run on three hits with three strikeouts over five innings, while Lance had to sweat out his fourth save of the season.