NEW LEXINGTON – In a battle of two schools separated by a short drive down state Route 13, New Lexington came out on top 5-4 after surviving Sheridan’s comeback bid on April 15.
New Lex scored four runs in the first two innings to jump out to a 4-0 lead early. In the bottom of the first, Hunter Kellogg scored on a sacrifice fly by Jacob Dold. Then Nate Metzger scored on an error by Ethan Malone in right field.
In the bottom of the second Shaun Pletcher grounded into a fielder’s choice, advancing Braden Agriesti to third and Tatem Toth to second. Then with two outs, Nate Metzger hit a two-run triple to bump the hosts’ lead to four.
Sheridan would get on the board in the top of the third, with Jesse Gillenwater ripping a single to left field and scoring Blake Turnes.
The General comeback would continue in the top of the fifth. Gillenwater hit another RBI single, scoring Caden Sheridan. Two batters later Tyler Talbot hit a single to center, scoring Gillenwater.
Malone is then hit by a pitch, loading the bases. Brison flied out to left field on the next play, however, and Sheridan’s threat was neutralized.
Sheridan would go on to tie the game in the top of the sixth, with Blaine Hannan scoring on a Caden Sheridan ground ball.
New Lex answered in the bottom of the frame, however, scoring their first run in four innings and regaining the lead 5-4. A crucial error by the Generals in center off of a Toth fly ball scored Blake Elliot. New Lex held on in the top of the seventh, retiring the Generals and getting the win.
Toth got the win for New Lexington on the hill. Toth lasted seven innings, allowing nine hits and four runs while striking out three.
Corey Amspaugh started the game on the bump for the Generals, allowing five hits and four runs over three innings, striking out three. Tyler Talbot took the loss, giving up one run on one hit over three innings, striking out six.
Offensively, Amspaugh, Talbot, and Gillenwater each managed two hits for Sheridan. Nate Metzger went 2-for-3 at the plate to lead the hosts.