West Lincoln rallies, but falls to South Pike
The West Lincoln Bears staged a furious comeback in the final two innings, but the South Pike Eagles scored three runs in the bottom of the seventh to walk off and take the 6-5 victory.
The win ends the regular season for West Lincoln with an 18-7 overall record and a 10-5 record in district play.
West Lincoln dug themselves in a hole early when South Pike took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning and held that lead the majority of the game. The Eagles tacked on one run in the bottom of the fifth to take a 3-0 lead.
The comeback started in the top of the sixth when the Bears scored two runs to cut the deficit to 3-2. West Lincoln took the lead in their final half inning with three runs in the top of the seventh to take their first lead of the game at 5-3.
The lead wouldn’t last long as South Pike bounced back to score three runs and walked off with the 6-5 win.
The win closes out the regular season for the Eagles with a 3-19 overall record.
Senior Nathanael Addison got the start for West Lincoln, pitching 2.2 innings, giving up three runs (two earned) on three hits, three walks and one strikeout. Junior Landon Lynch came on in relief of Addison and pitched four innings, giving up three earned runs on six hits, three walks and four strikeouts.
Junior Kylar Fielder led West Lincoln at the plate, going 1-for-1 with a team-high two RBIs, including a triple. Senior Seth Bivens, junior Gabe Nations and sophomore Garrett Maxwell each had one RBI to round out the scoring for West Lincoln.
West Lincoln ends the regular season on a bit of a rough patch, losing five in a row and six of their last seven games heading into the first round of the 2A state playoffs. West Lincoln will face Clarkdale Friday night at home to open the playoffs. First pitch is set for 7 p.m.