Lexington scored five times in the bottom of the seventh to tie visiting Kershaw County and then used a two-out Brett McEwen single in the 12th for an 8-7 walk-off victory Tuesday night.
The loss snapped a five-game win streak for Post 17 (11-2) which fell to 5-2 in League III play. Lexington climbed into sole possession of second place in the four-team circuit while improving to 4-3 in league play after having splitthe first two of a four-game series with KC.
The P-17ers held a 7-2 lead entering the final half inning of the scheduled seven-inning affair only to see the host Grizzlies score five runs with Tyde Cooper’s two-out, three-run double to left center knotting things at seven. John Lanier, the fourth KC pitcher used in the contest, recorded a strikeout to end the rally and send the game into extra innings.
KC threatened to score the go-ahead run in the 10th only to have a runner thrown out at the plate trying to score from third on a ground ball to third base.
The hosts squandered a scoring opportunity in the ninth, placing their first two batters on base via errors only to see Lanier, who threw five innings of one-run relief, get Matt Willis to pop out to right to end the threat and the inning.
In the 12th, Willis led off with a single and was bunted over to second. With two gone, McEwen sent a liner to left with Willis beating the throw home to end the game which lasted nearly three and a half hours.
The 17ers got to Post 7 starter Aaron White for four runs in the fourth with J.C. LeGrand driving in two runs with a one-out double to right. LeGrand scored on a Sawyer Reeves single to center before Reeves made it 4-0, coming in on a Bradwin Salmond sac fly.
After the hosts scored a run in the fourth, KC tacked on two more in the fifth as Jake Laffin reached on an error, stole second and scored on LeGrand’s triple to right. Reeves plated LeGrand with a double to right for the 6-1 lead.
Leading 6-2 entering the sixth, the guests added a run to their advantage. Noah Rabon had a leadoff single before Jaiden Garner came on to pinch-run. Garner scored the seventh run on a wild pitch.
Zack Reynolds got the starting nod on the mound for Stephen Carmon’s squad and the righty went the first three frames. Reynolds did not allow a run while giving up one hit and fanning three batters.
Heath Stokes would work the next two innings before Alex Canino was brought in to start the sixth and went 1.2 innings before Lanier came on to finish the game.
White went the first 4.2 innings before Nate Roof came on in relief in the fifth. All Roof would do in 7.1 innings of work was to surrender one run on five hits with seven strikeouts.
Lexington out-hit the 17ers, 13-11, in a sloppy game in which the two sides combined for 11 errors with the Grizzlies committing six of those.
LeGrand, Salmond, Reeves and Rabon had two hits each to lead the visitors’ offense with LeGrand driving in three runs and Reeves two.