High School Sports

Wildcats rally to stay atop 5-4A baseball standings

Lexington erupted for eight hits and six runs in the top of the sixth inning to beat host North Augusta 7-2 on Tuesday. The come-from-behind triumph allowed the Wildcats to kept sole possession of first place in the Region 5-4A baseball standings. North Augusta is now two back in the loss column.

Alex Brooks tossed a complete-game gem, allowing just one earned run and six hits while striking out six. The junior right-hander is now 2-1 and sports an impressive 0.91 ERA.

“Alex was pretty much in command the whole way,” said Wildcats coach Tommy Mishoe. “Offensively, we struggled until we got things going by playing a little small ball.”

Lexington evened the score at 1-1 in the fifth when Derrick Smith scored from first base on a hit-and-run single by Robert Hendrix. The decisive sixth-inning eruption began with a leadoff double by Jack Blackwell, who scored the equalizer on a single by Brooks. John McInnis singled home Brooks with what proved to be the game-winning run, and Charlton Herpst later broke it open with a two-run single.

The Wildcats host White Knoll on Friday in another first-place confrontation. The Timberwolves stay one-game off the pace by thumping lowly Orangeburg-Wilkinson 15-2 on Tuesday. White Knoll is scheduled to face Richland Northeast on Wednesday, weather permitting.