Area baseball with Lexington against Ridgeview, and Prairie Central vs. EPG
It took three innings for Lexington’s bats to come around, but they did, the Minutemen cruised to a 13-4 victory over Ridgeview in a Heart of Illinois Conference baseball game at Keller Park Friday afternoon.
The Mustangs got on the board with a run in the first inning. Billy Tay reached on a single to lead off the inning and took second on the play. He was on third after a passed ball and scored on a base hit from Justin Givens.
Ridgeview seemed to collapse in the fourth as Tyler Grimsley reached on an error to lead off and then Spencer Hopt beaned three straight batters, forcing Grimsley home.
Mitchell Sadler followed with a base hit that drove in two runs and another run scored on an error to make it 4-1. Andrew Olson singled in a run and Josh Hardman doubled home a run. Will White drove Olson and Hardman in with a base hit for an 8-1 lead.
Sean Nunamaker singled home two runs in the fifth for Ridgeview. He scored on a Hopt double.
Lexington got the runs back in the bottom of the inning. Reese Newby and Sadler stroked back-to-back doubles to lead off the inning. Olson and Hardman each had run-scoring singles as the lead grew to 11-4.
Hardman had three hits, including a triple and double, and drove in two runs for the Minutemen. Sadler doubled, singled and had three RBIs while Olson and White each had two hits and two RBIs. Jared Leake doubled, singled and drove in a run and Newby doubled and had an RBI.
White got the win for Lexington, allowing four runs on nine hits and one walk in six innings. The lefty fanned eight. Leake finished up with a scoreless seventh.
Hopt took the loss for the Mustangs. He gave up seven runs on four hits and one walk. He struck out four. Jakob Sutton yielded six runs on eight hits while walking one and fanning one.
Nunamaker had a double, single and an RBI for the Mustangs. Tay had two hits and Hopt had a double and RBI. Matthew Nunamaker doubled and Givens and Dincan each had a single and drove in a run. Sutton also had a hit.
Prairie Central 15, EPG 9
EL PASO — Prairie Central overcame an early deficit to post its 10th straight victory with a 15-9 decision over host El Paso-Gridley at South Pointe Park Friday afternoon.
The Titans got to PC starter Seth Reed with five runs in the first inning to overcome a 2-0 deficit. Each side scored twice in the second and EPG plated two more runs in the third for a 9-4 edge.
Lito Macias led off the fourth inning for the Hawks with a double. By the time the inning ended, Prairie Central had eight more runs and a 12-9 advantage. Peyton Rigsby drove in two with a bases-loaded double and Macias got his second hit of the inning that drove in two runs for the lead later in the frame.
Carter Nowak tripled for the second time in the game to bring home two more runs and cap the scoring.
Two runs in the sixth inning and one more in the seventh padded the margin.
Macias had three hits, including his double, scored three times and drove in two runs for the Hawks. Nowak had two triples and three RBIs and Rigsby had a double, single and tow runs batted in. Bryson Musser collected a hit and two RBIs while Billy Printz and Seth Reed each had a hit and RBI. Cooper Palmore and Eddie Shumaker each singled.
Kyler Edelman led the Titans with two hits, including a home run, and three runs batted in. Kevin Greene had two hits and an RBI, Drew Gilbert and Ian Cavallo each had a hit and two RBIs and Teron Fairchild singled and had an RBI. Hub Halvorsen singled.
Nowak got the win in relief of Reed. Nowak went four innings, giving up a hit and four walks to go with three punchouts. Reed fanned three, walked two and allowed nine runs on seven hits.
Fairchild took the loss after allowing 12 runs on 11 hits and two walks. Cavallo gave up three runs. He struck out four.