NEW MARKET – Lebanon traveled to Southmont Tuesday evening for their second game in their back-to-back conference showdown. The cool weather didn’t dampen the Tiger bats, as Lebanon pulled away late in a 13-1 six-inning win over the Mounties.
“I think the kids are starting to get confident with their offensive approach, and it’s definitely a great time in the season to get those things together,” said Lebanon skipper Rick Cosgray. “I think that our hitting has become contagious on the positive side.”
“That can work both ways and right now throughout the lineup, when one guy has success, the next guy believes that he will be just as successful,” he continued.
Lebanon plated seven runs before the Mounties reached the scoreboard. The Tigers scored a single run in the first and two in the second on RBI’s by Cooper Farris and Benji Hudson.
They plated four in the fourth on RBI singles by Evan Stambaugh, Caleb Myers and 2 RBIs by Bryce Shearer.
The Mounties scored their lone run in the fourth with two outs. Risty Bullerdick singled and three consecutive walks to Cam Chadd, Cole Roach, and Clayton Berrisford accounted for the run.
With the Tigers leading 7-1, they sent 10 to the plate in the sixth, scoring six runs. Shearer and Hudson recorded Lebanon’s hits during the inning. A Mountie error helped keep the inning alive.
Lebanon (8-11, 7-6 SAC) were led offensively by Hudson who was 3-for-4 while Grant Johnson and Shearer both had a pair of hits. Johnson scored three times and Farris and Hudson both scored twice.
David Nastav picked up his first win of the season scattering two hits with six strikeouts while walking five.
“He has good stuff, but has struggled a little with his consistency,” added Cosgray. “When he has good command, he can be very effective.”
Berrisford, Bullerdick, Koy Archer, and Ryan Stanley all had hits for the Mounties (12-9, 4-8 SAC).
Boone Welliever started on the mound for South, and was relieved by Zach Worm and Cole Roach.
“It wasn’t very pretty baseball tonight,” said Southmont head coach Jamie Welliever. “We were kind of low on pitching after all of the game last week, but I thought Zach did a nice job with the opportunity he was given.”
Lebanon hosts Speedway tomorrow, and the Mounties will travel to Lizton Thursday to face Conference foe Tri-West.