The Lexington and Crockett County baseball teams have relied on their outstanding pitching all year to get them to this point in the season. The Region 7-AA championship game Wednesday was a little different as both teams displayed outstanding hitting to decide the winner.
The teams combined for 28 runs in the game, including four homers , as Crockett County claimed the Region 7-AA championship over Lexington by the score of 17-11.
“This wasn’t your typical high school baseball game,” Crockett County head coach Brent Fronabarger said. “We really didn’t play a great game defensively, but I’m proud of the way my guys continued to battle up there at the plate. Our ability to drive in runs with two outs was the difference in this game.”
Crockett County scored multiple runs in every inning, except for the third, as the Cavaliers hit the ball to all parts of the field.
The Cavaliers were led at the plate by Jordan Fesmire. He went 2-for-2 in the game with five RBI that included a three-run home run in the bottom of the fifth. He also had a two-run double in the bottom of the sixth.
Crockett County had a strong night at the plate from Cade Parlow and John Elford. Parlow went 1-for-2 with four RBI. Parlow had a sacrifice fly and a three-run double in the bottom of the second. Elford went 3-for-4 in the game with three RBI, including a solo home run and two-run double.
Lexington was led at the plate by Colin Meyer who went 3-for-4 with three RBI in the game.
Tyler Anderson went 1-for-3 with three RBI, including a two-run home run as well. Ryne Odle went 3-for-4 for the Tigers with two RBI.
“This game went back and forth between the two teams throughout the entire game,” Fronabarger said. “We had a big sixth inning where we scored six runs and got a little bit of breathing room. For us, we were able to use several guys that have pitched well for us all year without having to use our number one pitcher. He has not pitched since the district championship so he will have a fresh arm for our sub-state game.”
With the win, the Cavaliers moved to 25-7 on the year and will host the Ripley Tigers for a chance to go to Murfreesboro.
The Lexington Tigers moved to 22-14 on the season and will travel to Haywood County for a sectional.
“This was a great accomplishment for our program,” Fronabarger said. “We are very proud of the team, but we also know that our next game is the most crucial for us. We are playing some really good baseball right now and look forward to hosting our sub-state game.”