High School Sports

Lexington passes first big test, downs Irmo 9-5

Lexington’s rejuvenated softball team improved to 4-0 with a 9-5 Region 5-4A win over Irmo on Tuesday night.

It was the first big win of the season for Russell Spires’ Wildcats, who are determined to make the Class 4A state playoff grade after missing the cut for the first time in recent memory last spring.

“We still have a long way to but, let’s say I’m cautiously optimistic about the way things are going,” said Spires. “Beating Irmo was big for us.”

Spires had his players work hard on hitting during the off-season, and the Wildcats swung the bats well against the Yellow Jackets. Lindsay Gore went 3-for-3 with three RBIs to lead the hit parade. Kayley Wilson went 2-for-4 with a solo home run and two RBIs. Justina Thornton went 2-for-4.

Gore, a first baseman on the junior varsity team last season, is on an early-season hitting tear, and is settling in well at her new defensive position – shortstop.

“Lindsay is tall and doesn’t have what you might call a shortstop body, but she’s done a really good job so far with her bat and her glove,” said Spires.