Lebanon Reporter

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April 30, 2014

Five-run fifth sparks Tigers past Athenians

The Lebanon baseball team used a total team effort to take down the Crawfordsville Athenians Tuesday night at Lebanon's Memorial Park.

Behind strong pitching from Reid Schaller and line-up that got base runners from 8 of 9 spots in the batting order, the Tigers overcome a 3-0 deficit to top Crawfordsville 6-3.

The win improved Lebanon to 9-3 and 4-2 in the Sagamore Conference.

"I think there is a fine line between being patient and having a sense of urgency," Lebanon head coach Rick Cosgray said. "I thought we had both of those things today. Even though they were able to get some runs early in the game, we stayed patient, yet our guys knew we had to stay after them and have urgency. We did a good job combining those two things."

There was only one base runner in the first three innings of the game, a one-out single by Coty Edwards in the first inning for the Tigers.

The Athenians then took the lead in the third inning.

A 2-run double by Caden Jones and an RBI-singly by Michael Minks gave the Athenians the 3-0 lead after 3 1/2 innings.

Lebanon got a run back in the bottom half of the inning when Colton Ranney walked with two outs and advanced to second when Caleb Myers was hit by a pitch. Jackson Bennett followed with a single to make it 3-1.

"I think that was a big part of the game," Cosgray said of getting a run back in the bottom of the fourth. "We had some baserunners, so our kids were confident that we could continue to do that. We were hitting the ball well, we were just hitting it right at them. We kept getting runners and started to get big hits."

The Athenians didn't score in the top of the fifth, and the Tigers went right back to work.

For more of this story, read Wednesday's Lebanon Reporter.

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