Bryan Station's baseball team, which started April by losing nine of its first 10 games, is finishing the month looking more like last year's 11th Region runner-up.
The host Defenders rallied past Lexington Christian Academy 5-4 on Monday night to extend their winning streak to four in a row.
"We lost a little confidence for a while, but we know we're a good team, we know what we've got," senior outfielder Elijah Burdette said.
Bryan Station Coach Eddie Brooks said his team's early season struggles were a matter of "finding ourselves, finding our niche.
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"The biggest change is we're playing hard now. Early in the season we were lackadaisical, but now we're competing every pitch, every play, every at-bat."
The Defenders showed that grit against LCA.
They jumped ahead 3-0 in the first, with Michael Morton and Kollin Probst providing hits. LCA helped fuel the Bryan Station uprising with an error and a wild pitch.
The Eagles bounced back with two runs in the third and two more in the fourth.
Drew Schacht and Andrew Barker singled and scored in the third. Schacht came home on a passed ball, and Lincoln Henzman's sacrifice fly drove in Barker.
LCA loaded the bases with one out in the fourth. Hunter Rowe singled, Graham Smith walked and Schacht reached on a bunt single. Barker followed with a two-run single — his third hit of the night — to put the Eagles up 4-3.
Bryan Station starter Brandon McIntosh limited the damage by striking out the next two batters.
The Defenders regained the lead in the fifth, with Burdette leading off with a triple to the gap in right-center.
"As a hitter, when you get that 2-0 count you're just looking for a juicy fastball," Burdette said. "I got it and I hit it on the sweet spot."
LCA Coach Keith Galloway wasn't surprised Burdette delivered in the clutch. "He's their engine, their motor, that's why he's leading off."
Burdette scored on an infield error. Morton reached on the misplay and eventually scored what proved to be the winning run on the Eagles' fifth error of the night.
McIntosh, a senior lefty, got his second win of the season. He had six strikeouts, walked two and gave up nine hits in 52⁄3. Josh Owsley finished the sixth for the Defenders and Michael Hall worked a perfect seventh.
Galloway bemoaned LCA's shaky defense this spring.
"When you're 10-10, it's because you've made your share of errors and not capitalized on other teams' mishaps," he said. "We've still got time to get the ship turned around and headed in a positive direction, but we've gotta see some evidence of that this week with four district games."
Lexington Christian 002 200 0—4 9 5
Bryan Station 300 020 x—5 5 0
Taylor Blair, Dima Ballard (6) and Isaac Shewmaker, Graham Smith (3). Brandon McIntosh, Josh Owsley (6), Michael Hall (7) and Jordan Lewis. 2B--Blair (LCA). 3B--Elijah Burdette (BS).
Records—LCA 10-10, Bryan Station 9-12