The East Lincoln Mustangs used a seven-run fifth inning to help them beat county rival West Lincoln 9-4 on Monday.
Junior Mitchell Lynch earned his third victory, in as many games, for the Mustangs. He worked five innings, allowing five hits and recording seven strikeouts. He gave up four runs, but none of them were earned as East committed five errors.
Daniel Smith suffered the loss for the Rebels. Freshman Jake Watts was outstanding in relief working four and a third, striking out five, allowing three walks and five hits.
Greyson Schram picked up his second save of the season pitching two innings, allowing two hits while striking out three.
Jake Black led the Mustangs with three RBIs. He went 1-for-4. Jesse Guice had and Greyson Schram both had two RBIs apiece. Jesse Cadenhead was 1-for-3, was Bradley Morris 1-for-4 and Lynch helped his own cause going 1-for-2 with one RBI.
T.J. Chapman scored three runs.
Dustin Hester led the Rebels going 2-for-4 with two RBIs. Chris Henderson was 2-for-2. Watts was 1-for-3, while Daniel Scronce and Paul Finger both were 1-for-4.
For Mustangsâ€™ head coach Matt Neville and his team the win was particularly sweet after falling to the Rebels three times last season.
â€œIt was nice to come back and get those guys. We dropped three to them last year. It was good to get some revenge,â€ he said.
Neville was also pleased with Lynch who somehow stayed focus despite the fact his defense had made five errors.
â€œHe gave us another solid performance and battled through some adversity. We had five errors, so he had to stay mentally tough,â€ he said.
West Lincoln head coach Allan Chapman was pleased with Watts, his promising freshman.
â€œWe were really pleased with Watts on the mound, he threw well beyond his years. He controlled the game into the fifth and defensively when we had a breakdown he got out of it every time. His pitch count got a little up and we got him out and couldnâ€™t preserve the win for him,â€ he said.
â€œOur kids were pumped up. They really wanted this game, they wanted to go out there and get the win. We had a lot of intensity and enthusiasm,â€ Neville said.
West Lincoln led the game 4-2 before the Mustangsâ€™ bottom half of the fifth inning. East rallied scoring seven runs. The run was aided by two Rebelsâ€™ errors.
The two meet again Wednesday afternoon at 4:30. The game figures to be a brisk one as the high for Wednesday is 48 degrees. There also will be a 10 mph wind that will make it seem more chilly to any fans planning to show up.
This time the Rebels will play host. West Lincoln is now 2-2 on the season. East raises its record to 3-2.
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by John Mark Brooks