Lexington takes comeback victory at Segra Park

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Down 7-0 in the bottom second Thursday, the Lexington High School baseball team could have folded Thursday night at Segra Park.

A.C. Flora was the Wildcats’ third straight ranked non-region foe. A loss would not have damaged their post-season hopes compared to upcoming Region 5-5A games the next three weeks in Chapin, Dutch Fork and River Bluff.

Instead, Lexington dominated the final seven innings to pull away for a 11-7 victory over the Falcons. Seth Altenberg drove in three runs and Tristan Allen and Landon McMahan both had two RBI to lead the Wildcats in the comeback victory.

“This is our off-week from region play, but we scheduled tough,” Lexington head coach Brian Hucks said. “We played the number three team in (Class) 4A in Camden on Monday, played the number one team in SCISA (Cardinal Newman) on Wednesday and we played the number one ranked team in (Class) 4A tonight and we went 3-0 this week. So, really proud of our group.

“We showed some toughness to get down seven runs against probably one of the best teams in South Carolina and they just kept plugging, kept battling and overcame a lot of things. So, I’m really proud of those guys.”

After A.C. Flora took a 1-0 lead in the first, it scored six runs off pitchers Elijah Ogden and Jonny Power in the second inning.

The Wildcats then began its comeback in the bottom half of the inning. Landon McMahon belted a 1-out, 2-run double and later scored on Altenberg’s single to cut the Falcons’ lead to 7-3.

In the third, Blake Knight reached base on a single, advanced to second on another base hit and scored on an error. A passed ball brought home another run and the Wildcats loaded the bases.

Tristan Allen was hit by a pitch and an RBI walk drawn by Altenberg tied the game at 7-7.

The fourth inning saw Tyde Cooper draw a leadoff walk, advance to second on a fielder’s choice and scored the go-ahead run on David Cromer’s RBI single.

Cal Herndon silenced the A.C. Flora’s bats, striking out five and allowing just two hits over three and a half innings.

Lexington added three runs in the Bottom sixth to cap the 11-0 scoring run. Knight then escaped a two out of six threat in the Top seventh to earn the save.

The Wildcats return to action Monday at home against Dutch Fork.

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