The East Lincoln Mustangs defeated the South Point Red Raiders 6-1 Tuesday night.
The Mustangs jumped out to an early 4-0 lead in the first two innings and never looked back.
Seth Alexander earned his second victory of the year. Alexander pitched a complete game, allowing only four hits and walking three, while surrendering one run.
Mustangs head coach Matt Neville said that Alexander was in a good rhythm.
â€œHe had a great command of his fastball and curve ball. He was able to get ahead early in the count and make them hit his pitch,â€ he said.
Pitching wasnâ€™t the only strong area, as the Mustangs belted out 11 hits on the night. Neville said that the one part of his batting order really stood out in the win.
â€œThe top of the order really came through. They got on base all night long. Trent Hovis is 6-7 over the last two games so heâ€™s really coming on.â€
Leading hitters for the Mustangs were Trent Hovis who went 3-4 with a RBI and stolen base, Mitchell Lynch who went 3-for-4 and Jake Black who went 2-for-4.
Michael Griswald also went 2-for-4 with a RBI, while Tyler Wilson was 1-for-2.
The difference in Nevilleâ€™s eyes in their play simply had to do with things going their way against the Red Raiders.
â€œWe had guys get hits tonight that have been getting good cuts, but have just been missing their pitch. Tonight, they were right on it. Mitchell was a good example of that,â€ he said.
The Mustangs raised their record to 3-11 on the year and 2-5 in the Big South 3A. Neville believed all three phases of the game led to the result.
â€œThis was the first total team win that weâ€™ve had. Tonight the pitching, the offense and the fielding was strong in every category,â€ he said.
The Mustangs defense also turned in a solid performance committing just one error.
â€œJake Black played a very good game at shortstop. Chris Smith played a very good centerfield for us tonight. When things got tight late in the game Michael Griswald came through with three big picks at first base,â€ Neville said.
The Red Raiders were in third place in the conference entering the game.
The Mustangs will visit Ashbrook, the defending state champions and Big South pace-setter, on Thursday at 7 p.m.by John Mark Brooks