KEARNEY – The Lexington Pinnacle Bank Seniors took a trip to Kearney to face Kearney Jersey’s at Memorial Field on Sunday. The Pinnacle Bank boys claimed early leads in both games with Kearney, but split the games with Jersey’s, taking a 7-5 win in the eighth inning of the first game and falling 2-11 in the second game.
The Lexington Seniors held a small lead over Kearney for a good portion of the first game of the double header on Sunday. Lexington led 5-2 going into the bottom of the seventh inning when Kearney loaded the bases and ran three runners across home plate to even the score before Pinnacle Bank could get the outs to close the inning.
Lexington scored their two game-winning runs in the top of the eighth with two outs. Efren Aguirre had taken residence on third base when Austyn Stewart was at bat with a 2-2 count. Stewart swung at a wide pitch that went by the catcher, allowing Aguirre to score a run while Stewart beat the throw to the bag at first. Lexington regained the lead, 6-5, with one runner on base.
Lexington catcher Jaxon Fagot took the plate to take a turn. On a full count, Fagot caught a piece of the ball and sent a line drive to left field, giving Stewart the room he needed to wheel the bases for another run. Lexington led Kearney Jersey’s, 7-5.
Vinny Leibert took the mound for Lexington to close out the eighth inning, struck out two of four batters faced, allowed no hits and no runs. Lexington Pinnacle Bank claimed a 7-5 win after eight innings in Kearney.
“Both teams (Lexington Juniors and Seniors) are showing good progress overall as we close on the final two weeks of the regular season,” Lexington head coach Vince Leibert posted on social media after the games on Sunday. “These guys keep fighting to get better and I like what I’m seeing from them.”
The Lexington Seniors are looking to continue demonstrating their growth when they travel to Grand Island for a doubleheader on Wednesday, July 10. The Pinnacle Bank Seniors will face Home Federal Bank in Grand Island with games scheduled at 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.