Some timely hitting and a solid bullpen effort helped the No. 8 Knights turn the tables on the No. 4 Indians after losing 7-2 at home 12 days ago and trailing 3-0 early on Monday. Mueller’s single in the top of the eighth got into center field and scored courtesy runner Trenton Neuer. The throw to home beat him but the catcher couldn’t apply the tag.
Madison Central finished with nine hits to seven for Lexington Catholic. Central got out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning and was up 3-0 after two. Only one of the three runs Knights starter Carson Coleman gave up was earned. He led Catholic with four strikeouts before Sam Hodges relieved him after one and two-thirds innings. Hodges surrendered a run in the fourth and struck out three.
Lexington Catholic drew to within 3-2 in the third inning and held Central off the board in the bottom frame. Leadoff hitters Steven Bender and Bo Bennington drew walks to begin the fourth inning. Landon Moberly grounded out before Eric Sottile was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Center fielder Andy Thompson scored Bender on a bunt single that got into right field on a throwing error, allowing Bennington to reach home and put Catholic ahead for the first time. The Knights added a fifth run on another Central error to go up 5-3.
“They did a good job of not riding the waves of baseball and staying even-keeled pretty much through the game,” Knights Coach Taylor Brooks said.
An RBI single by Josh Wright scored Seth Richardson in bottom of the fourth to get Central to within 5-4. The Indians nearly tied it but Wright later ran into a fielder’s choice tag at home plate.
Central would go onto to tie things in the bottom of the seventh after pinch-hitter Adam Ritchey beat a close-call throw to first base for a two-out, bases-loaded RBI single. Jacob Ferris flew out to end the frame.
Mueller answered with his own two-out, pinch-hit single. Brooks knew the senior would deliver.
“I trust him,” he said. “It’s his last year and we have a lot of confidence in him. He went in and got a big hit.” Josh Moore, Lexington Hearald
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