Lexington Catholic led Lexington Christian in game suspended by bad weather

mfields@herald-leader.comApril 16, 2013 

Strong winds blew down part of the outfield fence at Lexington Catholic in the second inning of the Knights' baseball game with district rival Lexington Christian on Tuesday night.

In the sixth inning, lightning lit up the sky and play was halted. Twenty minutes later, with severe storms on the way, the teams packed up and went home.

Nothing was decided.

Lexington Catholic, ranked second in the state, led No. 15 LCA 6-2. It was a district game, so it was suspended and will be completed on May 1 at LCA before the teams' next scheduled showdown.

Knights Coach Taylor Brooks liked what he saw as his team built its 6-2 lead.

Tom Banahan, a 6-foot-6, 230-pound senior right-hander, turned in a strong start on the mound. He had a shutout through four innings before the Eagles touched him for a couple runs in the fifth.

But Banahan escaped further damage by striking out the last two batters, giving him six K's for the night.

Banahan beat Trinity early in the season, and also threw well in a no-decision against Paul Laurence Dunbar.

"He's been throwing really well," Brooks said. "He's a competitor. He does what he needs to do to keep his team in the ball game."

Banahan got offensive support from the guys who've been swinging consistent bats all season.

Evan Fraliex, a senior infielder, had two hits, two runs and an RBI. Logan Banks also drove in a run. Riley Jackson ripped a two-run double in the second.

The Knights (10-4) have been successful despite a couple key injuries. Trey Miller, senior second baseman, is out with a knee injury. And senior center fielder Logan Taylor missed a couple weeks with a bad back.

"We're about where we need to be," Brooks said. "We're not as good as we can be, so we've got a lot of room to grow. We've had some injuries but we've continued to compete. The big thing is, we want to peak at the right time."

LCA (9-4) has been playing well, too.

Taylor Blair, a senior outfielder, has been ripping the ball, hitting about .600.

Lincoln Henzman has been a force on the mound and at the plate.

Henzman, a junior righthander, got the start against Lexington Catholic. He gave up one run in the first, but left the game after throwing a few warm-up pitches in the second. Coach Keith Galloway said Henzman felt something "not right" in his elbow.

Ben Cooper came on in relief and wound up surrendering five runs. He didn't get much help from his defense, with two errors leading to two runs in the second.

Galloway has been encouraged by what he's seen this season.

"I like our guys' attitudes and I like our depth," he said. "We have the potential to really contend throughout the season, both in our district and our All "A" opportunities."

LCA, the defending All "A" state champion, will play Danville next week for the right to advance to the All "A" state tournament at Whitaker Bank Ballpark on Derby weekend.

Mike Fields: (859) 231-3337 Twitter: @MikeFieldsNotes Blog: fieldsnotes.bloginky.com

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