LaFayette ral­lies past Lake­view

The Catoosa County News - - COMMENTARY - By Scott Herpst

Ross Mar­tin’s RBIs­in­gle in the bot­tom of the sev­enth in­ning gave the LaFayette Ram­blers a dra­matic 8-7 home win over Lake­view on Thurs­day.

A Will Car­roll RBI-dou­ble gave the War­riors a 1-0 lead in the first in­ning, but the Ram­blers would tie things up in the sec­ond as Bryson Kel­ley sin­gled to drive in Austin Tucker.

Lake­view re­gained the lead in the fifth on a Pey­ton Tip­ton RBI, but LaFayette would erupt for six runs in the home half of the in­ning to grab a seem­ingly com­fort­able 7-2 lead. Er­rors were the main cul­prit for the War­riors. Mar­tin knocked in two runs with a sin­gle and Ken­dall Cul­breth would pick up an RBI-sin­gle.

But re­mark­ably, the LaFayette de­fense would re­turn the fa­vor in the top of the sixth as three of five runs scored on er­rors. Tip­ton picked up his sec­ond RBI of the day to knot the score at 7-7.

Lake­view would load the bases with no outs in the top of the sev­enth. How­ever, Chase Lan­don would en­ter the game to pitch for the Ram­blers as was able to es­cape the jam un­scathed.

Then in the bot­tom of the sev­enth, Pre­ston Alexan­der de­liv­ered a one-out sin­gle and stole sec­ond, set­ting the ta­ble for Mar­tin’s hero­ics.

Lan­don got the win for the Ram­blers in re­lief of starter Cade Fisher. Fisher threw six in­nings, al­low­ing seven runs - one earned - on four hits with two walks and eight strike­outs.

Dy­lan Blanken­ship started for the War­riors and went four in­nings, al­low­ing a run on two hits and four walks with five strike­outs. Tip­ton took the loss. He pitched the fi­nal three in­nings, giv­ing up seven runs - four earned - on six hits and a walk.

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