LHS baseball struggles over weekend

LDR photo/ Alex Boyer

Junior Jarod Braddy came into relief for the 'Jackets in a baseball game against the Nixa Eagles and struck out three batters. LHS would lose the contest, 5-3. 

By: 
ALEX BOYER ALEX@LEBANONDAILYRECORD.COM

The Lebanon baseball team lost two close games on Saturday in the Lebanon/Marshfield tournament during pool play.

Lebanon’s pool consisted of Lebanon, Nixa, and West Plains. The other pool was at Marshfield High School with Carthage, Marshfield, and Parkview.

The ‘Jackets squared off against the West Plains Zizzers in the first game of pool play losing 5-4 in eight innings and dropped the second contest against Nixa, 5-3.

In the first game of the day, LHS had a 4-2 lead over the Zizzers heading into the bottom of the seventh inning.

Junior Cole McBride had pitched an outstanding game for Lebanon and he hit his sixth home run of the season in the third inning to give the ‘Jackets a 3-0 lead and pitched six solid innings on the mound before allowing a leadoff double to start the seventh inning which ended his day.

Senior Blake Paul gave up two straight hits and the Zizzers got a run across the plate to cut the deficit to one. Senior right hander Christian Watson came into the game and had a run score on a wild pitch, but Watson settled down nicely as he recorded three straight strikeouts to send the game to extra innings.

West Plains senior Austin Woods delivered the game-winning hit in the eighth inning after he hit a ball that fell in between two Lebanon defenders in the outfield.

“I think fatigue kind of set in for him (Cole) and he wasn’t as accurate as he was earlier in the game,” Lebanon head baseball coach Dustin Young said. “I thought Christian came into the first game and pitched phenomenal to get us out of the jam.”

The ‘Jackets’ offensive woes continued into game two against the Eagles as they struggled to get to Nixa right-hander Corey Lummis. Lummis pitched a complete game as he only allowed five hits, one earned run and struck out seven batters.

 

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