Area baseball with EPG-Lexington and WFC
Nathan Lavender threw six innings of one-hit ball and Kyler Edelman finished up as El Paso-Gridley shut out host Lexington 7-0 in a Heart of Illinois Conference makeup game Wednesday at Keller Park.
Lavender struck out the first six batters he faced and the only trouble he ran into was mostly his doing. Still, he was able to get out of it with back-to-back strikeouts.
The Titans scored three runs in the first inning to stake Lavender to a lead before he toed the rubber. It was Lavender delivering the big hit with a two-run homer to get EPG on the board. Kevin Greene, who led off with a single, was along for the ride.
Edelman walked after the roundtripper and scored on Drew Gilbert’s base hit two batters later.
Trever Neal and Greene were each hit by a pitch to open the fourth inning for the Titans. Lavender lofted a sacrifice fly to bring in Neal, and Greene scored when Edelman reached on an error. A Jarrin Landrus base hit plated Edelman for a 6-0 lead.
Brock Starkey singled with two outs in the fifth inning to drive in Hub Halvorsen, who led off the inning with a single.
Lexington threatened in the bottom of the fifth after Lavender plunked Trevor Keagle and Jared Leake to open the frame. Colby Lainhart bunted for a hit to load the bases with one out.
But Lavender set down Andrew Olson and Tyler Grimsley on strikes to end the threat.
Lavender struck out 15 in his six innings. He walked three and allowed one hit. Edelman fanned two in his inning of relief.
Lavender had a homer, double and three runs batted in to pace the EPG offense. Halvorsen also had two hits and Starkey, Landrus and Gilbert each had a hit and RBI. Greene and Teron Fairchild each singled.
Lainhart had the lone Lexington safety. Grimsley took the loss after giving up three runs in one inning. He walked two, allowed three hits and struck out one. Will White yielded four runs on five hits and two walks in four innings. He fanned two. Josh Hardman struck out one, walked one and gave up one hit in two innings.
WFC 3, Roanoke-Benson 2
ROANOKE — Mason Ewing and Clayton Sibert made a three-run inning stand as Woodland-Flanagan-Cornell edged Roanoke-Benson 3-2 Wednesday.
Kyle Voytko provided the scoring with a three-run homer for the Warriors (9-10). Tyler Jenkins had two hits as WFC scratched out six for the game.
The Rockets got one run back in the bottom of the third inning and added another in the sixth. Ewing got the win with three strikeouts and allowing a run, a walk and eight hits. Sibert gave up a run, four hits and struck out two in his two innings of relief.