Reynolds’ grand slam helps prevail ‘Jackets over Lakers

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Lebanon sophomore Troy Reynolds (25) prepares to swing during a high school baseball game against the Camdenton Lakers on Thursday at Oley Scott Field.

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ALEX BOYER ALEX@LEBANONDAILYRECORD.COM

In the biggest at-bat of his young high school career, sophomore Troy Reynolds delivered a gift to the entire community of Lebanon as he blasted a go-ahead grand slam over the left centerfield fence in the bottom of the fifth inning that gave the ‘Jackets a 4-2 lead over the Camdenton Lakers at Oley Scott Field.

Lebanon (10-2 4-1) would go on to win the game by a score of 7-3 on Thursday afternoon.

“Talk about ice water running through somebody veins,” Lebanon head coach Dustin Young said of Reynolds. “The kid is a sophomore, and he is coming into big situations and delivering for us.”

The Lakers jumped out to an early 2-0 lead after a handful of Lebanon errors cost them two runs in the second inning on bunt plays that were thrown away.

“We have got to do a better job defensively, and that is something that we talk about a lot,” Young said. “We need to trust the process and keep working on it, and one day it will click.”
He mentioned that despite the errors, his coaching staff did a nice job of making sure their heads didn’t get down.

“It is important as a coaching staff that we stay positive with our guys and be patient with them, and I thought we did that,” Young said. “We know what kind of offense we have, and the worse thing you can do is get down and press and get away from our approach.

“It took awhile for us to get going … but we stayed true to our approach and did what we needed to do.”

Lebanon senior Cole McBride got the start for the ‘Jackets, and despite a slow and rocky start, McBride was able to stay the course and settle in.

“You could see as the game went on that his tempo picked up and that is when he is right,” Young said. “Early on, he was a little slow getting the sign, and some of that is us, but once the tempo picked up he started hitting his spots, and things got going.

“That is what you expect out of a senior and a co-conference MVP from a year ago, and that is why he is getting the big games for us right now.”

Young also said that the rivalry between the two teams made for a great crowd at the ballpark.

“The fans came out, and our crowd was into it,” he said. “Our PA guy, Dalton Pierce, does a great job of getting everyone into it and our kids were intense … these are the games you live to play for, and that is why Camdenton and Lebanon have the rivalry that we have.”

Lebanon will travel to Waynesville on Wednesday and will host a wood bat tournament on Friday and Saturday at Oley Scott Field.

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