The East Lincoln Mustangs avenged an earlier-season loss at the hands of the North Lincoln Knights with a 9-4 win in the Easter Tournamentâ€™s consolation game.
The Mustangs surged out to a 5-2 advantage through three innings and didnâ€™t look back. Pitcher Seth Alexander earned the win, working four and a third innings and striking out five. He only surrendered two earned runs.
Chris Hogue suffered the loss, working four innings, striking out and walking three and giving up four earned runs.
Four different players picked up a RBI for the Mustangs. T.J. Chapman and Jake Black both went 2-for-4 with one RBI apiece. Freshman leadoff hitter Jesse Guice went 2-for-3, while Greyson Schram went for 1-for-3 with a RBI. Mitchell Lynch added a sac-fly RBI.
Josh Belk paced the Knights, going 2-for-4 with a homerun to right center. Kyle Baker also had a solid game, with a 2-for-3 performance at the plate. Both of Bakerâ€™s hits were doubles and one was a RBI.
North Lincoln head coach Sean Andrews credited Alexander for keeping his team off-balance the whole day.
â€œHe came in throwing strikes and held us at bay with his fastball and breaking ball. In a game like this, youâ€™re playing your rivalâ€”they stepped it up,â€ he said.
Andrews was equally proud of his pitcher, Hogue, for battling through pain caused by a blood blister on the middle finger of his pitching hand.
â€œHogue pitched real good considering he didnâ€™t really have control of his pitches like he normally does. But he hit three guys and anybody that got on base they scored. You canâ€™t give them freebies,â€ Andrews said.
North Lincoln is now 1-9 on the season. East Lincoln raises its record to 8-5 with the victory.
North Lincoln 110 020 0â€”4 6 3
East Lincoln 113 112 xâ€”9 9 2
by John Mark Brooks