The recipe for success for the Lebanon Tigers baseball team has been the same during their first two games â€” dominant pitching and clutch hitting.
Jackson Bennett was dominant on the hill and the Tigers got production up and down the lineup in a 10-0 six-inning win against Pike.
"Jackson came out and had good command with all of his pitches tonight and worked ahead in the count," Lebanon head coach Rick Cosgray said. "Then offensively we did a good job of some situational hitting early in the game and then strung some things together later. It feels good to go 2-0."
Lebanon struck first in the first inning.
Brantley Fortner singled, advanced to second on a passed ball and stole third. Two batters later, Coty Edwards hit a sacrifice fly to score Fortner and make it 1-0.
Fortner finished the game 3-for-3 with a walk and four runs scored from the lead-off spot.
"We feel like Brantley is a very disciplined hitter," Cosgray said. "He has the ability to drive to the gaps as well. We like him setting the table for us and he is doing an outstanding job of that."
The Tigers went back to work in the second, getting a lead-off single by Caleb Myers. Two batters later, Reid Schaller hit a long fly ball to right that was dropped to put runners on the corners. Nick Starkey followed with a ground out that scored Myers to make the score 2-0.
After Bennett put the Red Devils down 1-2-3 in the top of the third, Lebanon grabbed complete control of the game.
For more of this story, read Wednesday's Lebanon Reporter.