PBR Spotlight Game: No. 8 Ashland beats Lexington



No. 8 Ashland defeated Lexington for the second straight night, but this time it was 4-3.

Ashland senior Aric Harris pitched the complete game to pick up the victory to run Ashland's record to 18-2. Harris a Northern Kentucky commit was dominant on the mound with a fastball consistently in the mid-80's and a curve ball with a nice bite. Harris was in control all game striking out 13 and did not walk a batter while scattering 6 hits.

Lexington got the scoring started in the first inning. After the first two hitters struck out, junior catcher Zach Sterry doubled to left and junior Logan Bastin singled to drive in the game's first run but was stranded at first as Harris got the next hitter to ground out to third.

Ashland scored a run in the bottom of the inning to tie the game at one as Lexington pitcher, sophomore Brody Basilone struggled with the very tight strike zone and walked the bases loaded with one out. Senior Steven Mowry hit a sac fly deep to right to score senior Adam Schaly from third. Basilone was able to strike the next batter out to leave the runners stranded.

After Harris retired Lexington in order in the 2nd, Ashland jumped on Basilone as senior Brock Landrum led off the frame with a single. After a strike and a walk, Harris hit a hard ground ball to shortstop, to force the runner at 2nd base for the second out of the inning. Schaly and senior Derek Ward had back to back RBI singles to make the game 3-1.

In the fourth for Lexington, Sterry led off with a single, then went to from 1st to 3rd on a pass ball. Bastin hit a long fly ball to center for a sacrifice to cut the deficit to 3-2.

In the fifth inning, Ashland senior Zach Bernhard led off with a single. After a sacrifice bunt and a ground out to 2nd base, junior Gabe Bradshaw hit a routine fly to center but, sophomore center fielder Adam Johnson missed played the ball and it landed for a double to plate Bernhard and make it a 4-2 game.

Junior Mason Willeke led off the sixth with a base hit and scored on Bastin's double to left field. Harris was able to keep his composure and got a ground ball and a strike out to get out of the inning with a 4-3 lead.

Lexington had their chances in the top of the 7th when freshman Evan Lee singled sharply up the middle with one out. Lee advanced to 2nd on a pass ball but was stranded as Harris struck out the next two hitters for the 4-3 victory.

Brody Basilone suffered the loss giving up 7 hit and 5 walks while striking out 8 batters. Lexington falls to 9-15 on the year.