The Lexington baseball team has seen its share of struggles this season, but the potential for the Tigers to be an outstanding team that can contend is there.
The Tigers showed their potential on Thursday night as they knocked off Milan 6-3 in non-district play to move to 10-11 on the season.
Milan moves fell to 18-9 on the season.
“We’ve had some key injuries to our team this year,” Lexington head coach Adam Harrington said. “We just recently got back Raleigh Odle who made a relief appearance for us tonight. We have also had a few more injuries that have hampered us, but we are starting to get these guys back right before district tournament time which is good for us.”
Milan displayed its ability to hit the ball as well.
In the bottom of the first, Milan lead-off hitter Hunter Haywood took the fastball from Lexington starter Mikey Draeger over the right field fence to put Milan up 1-0.
Haywood led Milan in hitting as he went 3-for-4 with an RBI.
Following the home run, Draeger settled in and went three innings giving up three hits and striking out four.
“Mikey is a great pitcher for us,” Harrington said. “He is only a sophomore and does an outstanding job of pitching the ball. He has the potential to be a really good pitcher for us in the years to come.”
Odle came in relief for Draeger in the fourth inning.
“Raleigh is another young pitcher with great potential for the future,” Harrington said. “He has been out for most of the season with an injury, and tonight was his second appearance. It was good for us to get him in and get some work in before the district tournaments got here.
“If our pitching is completely healthy, we have the capability of having one of the best pitching staffs in the state in AA.”
Lexington also showed the ability to manufacture runs as well.
Seven of the nine batters in the Tigers’ starting lineup recorded hits in the game.
Ethan Small and Ryne Odle both led the Tiger offense as they both went 2-for-4 with two RBI each.
“This game is big for us because we were able to pick up a win and get some work from several of our bullpen guys in order to prepare for upcoming district games and then the tournaments,” Harrington said.