Lawrenceville Daily Record

Indians outslug Fairfield for 12-11 win

LAWRENCEVILLE –– After a string of low-scoring games over the weekend, offense picked up for Lawrenceville High School’s baseball team Monday.

Unfortunately, it also picked up for the opposition, as the Indians and visiting Fairfield combined for 23 runs and 28 hits in their non-conference contest.

However, the Indians managed to come out on top, holding on late to score a 12-11 victory at Unit 20 Ballpark.

After giving up a lead off home run to start the game, the Indians responded in the bottom of the first inning by scoring seven runs to take a 7-1 lead. Each team scored two runs in the third to make the score 9-3, then Fairfield rallied for four runs in the top of the fourth to close the gap to 9-7. Lawrenceville tacked on single runs in the fourth and fifth to extend their lead to 11-7, only for Fairfield to score three times in the top of the sixth to pull within 11-10. Lawrenceville added an insurance run in the bottom of the sixth to make the score 12-10 and they would need it, as Fairfield plated a run in the top of the seventh and had the tying run in scoring position when the final out was made.

Jack Patterson led LHS at the plate with a double, three singles and four runs batted in, while Maddox Pargin doubled, singled twice, drove in two runs and scored a run. Eli Vennard singled twice, scored three runs and drove in a run, Landon Sanders doubled, knocked in two runs and scored a run, Hunter Gray singled, scored two runs and drove in a run, Boston Gray and Noah Wilson each singled and scored a run, Neilan Bickers scored two runs and Emery Ivers scored a run.

Patterson also technically was the winning pitcher and earned a save as well on the mound. Patterson pitched a total of four innings, as he started the game and threw the first three and two-thirds innings, then he was called upon to get the final out in the bottom of the seventh to preserve the win. In total, Patterson gave up seven runs on 12 hits over his four innings of work, while Pargin allowed three runs (one earned) on two hits, while walking one and striking out two in two and one-third innings of relief and Hunter Gray allowed a hit and an unearned run in two-thirds of an inning.

Lawrenceville (6-5-1) was scheduled to play at Cisne Tuesday, but the game was cancelled due to wet field conditions, while Wednesday’s game at North Knox was also cancelled. The Indians are slated to return to action Friday, when they play host to Louisville-North Clay for a non-conference contest at 4:30 p.m.