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Lindsey Wilson Baseball eliminated in MSC Opening Round

Pikeville takes 2-of-3 series, ending the Blue Raiders season. Saturday's two games were played before a crowd of 203 at Egnew Park, inside the Lindsey Wilson Sports Complex, 928 Russell Road, Columbia, KY
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By Matthew Wurzburger

COLUMBIA, KY - ( - The Lindsey Wilson baseball team split two games with Pikeville (KY) on Saturday, falling two games to one in the best-of-three Mid-South Conference Opening Round series.

The series victory propels the Bears (26-22) to the MSC Tournament Final Site in Bowling Green, Kentucky. The four-team, double-elimination bracket begins on Friday at Bowling Green Park.

Lindsey Wilson (27-25) walked off against the Bears in Saturday's opener, 11-10, to force a decisive third game before falling 9-0 in the nightcap.

Steven Paredes tallied five hits across the two games. Ben Giland, Ben Heideman and Jayden Jackson all recorded three hits on Saturday.

Game 1 - Lindsey Wilson 11, Pikeville 10
The Blue Raiders walked off for the third time this season in a wild 11-10 victory in the opener. Jackson delivered the game-winning hit on a single to left field that scored Ray Gonzalez.

Jackson's run-scoring knock was part of a three-run bottom of the ninth inning. Jan Carlos Ortiz led off the inning with a walk and promptly scored during the next at-bat, when Connor Anderson tripled into left field. Following a ground out, Gonzalez singled back up the middle to plate the game-tying run from third base. Gonzalez moved up to second base on a sacrifice bunt, where he scored on Jackson's single.

Pikeville scored three runs in the top of the ninth inning to take a 10-8 advantage into the final half inning. Travis Haen started the inning by reaching first on an error by Ortiz. After Steve Colella recorded two quick outs, Anthony Roberts singled to set up a three-run home run to center field by Jorge Perez.

Colella pitched only the ninth inning of game one and allowed three unearned runs on two hits while walking none and picking up the win.

Lindsey Wilson jumped ahead with a single run in the bottom half of the first and held that lead for three innings. Ortiz delivered the first run of the game when he singled into center field to bring home Giland.

James Doubet cruised through the first three innings - allowing just one hit and one walk - before surrendering two runs in the top of the fourth. The first two batters reached base in the inning to put runners on first and second before a fielder's choice placed runners on the corners with only one out. A passed ball by Jackson allowed Pikeville to score its first run of the game. Doubet followed by uncorking a wild pitch for the second run of the inning.

The Bears scored three more in the top of the fifth inning and chased Doubet from the game. Josh Bailey tripled home two runners and also scored on the play on Tanner Moore's errant throw to home plate.

The triple to Bailey ended Doubet's day on the mound. The senior righty allowed five runs - three earned - on four hits and four walks across 4-1/3 innings.

Ricky Winfield replaced Doubet in the fifth and recorded two quick outs before firing shutout innings in the sixth and seventh innings.

In the meantime, the Lindsey Wilson bats exploded for seven runs to take an 8-5 lead into the eighth inning.

Pikeville miscues led to all three of the Blue Raiders' fifth-inning runs. With runners on first and second, Ortiz hit a routine ground ball to the shortstop, who threw the ball away into right field. That wild throw allowed both Giland and Paredes to score. The next batter, Anderson hit another ground ball to the infield that was thrown away - allowing Ortiz to score from second base.

LWC hung another three spot on the scoreboard in the bottom of the sixth inning. Moore worked a leadoff walk to set up Heideman, who launched his first-career home run over the left field fence. Following a double play, Giland went deep to cap the scoring in the sixth.

The Bears touched Winfield for two runs in the eighth inning on a pair of run-scoring base hits. Winfield allowed just the two runs on two hits over 3-2/3 innings.

A.J. Carkner picked up the loss for the Bears after surrendering three runs on three hits and two walks while recording only two outs in the ninth inning.

Game 2 - Pikeville 9, Lindsey Wilson 0

Pikeville clinched the series with a 9-0 shutout victory in the finale.

Bruce Bell logged a complete-game, nine-inning shutout for the Bears, scattering eight hits and striking out seven.

The top of Lindsey Wilson's order came through with production as Paredes, Giland and Jackson batted a combined 5-for-12, but the Blue Raiders failed to move them over and in - stranding 10 total runners during the game.

Pikeville led 2-0 after five innings. The Bears scored in the top of the first on a Roberts single before doubling their advantage on Haen's fifth-inning double.

The Bears put the game away with seven runs in the final three innings of the game. Brandon Sewell was a consistent force for Pikeville in the late innings - driving home three runners from the seventh to the ninth.

Colella took the loss for the Blue Raiders after starting and firing 4-1/3 innings of two-run, four-hit ball.

Lindsey Wilson's season ends with the 9-0 loss. Matthew Wurzburger is a writer for Lindsey Wilson Athletics.

This story was posted on 2017-04-30 02:23:11
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