FRANKFORT — Lucas Witt's sore hamstring is feeling better, and that means Lexington Christian Academy is feeling better, too.
Witt, a senior center fielder and University of Kentucky signee, missed most of LCA's run to the district title last week because of his leg.
But he was back in the lineup and contributed two hits, two runs and two RBI to help the No. 6 Eagles outlast Bryan Station 10-7 in the first round of the 11th Region baseball tournament at Franklin County on Monday.
"It's great to have Lucas back in the lineup," Coach Keith Galloway said. "Our motor is used to having him at the top (of the batting order)."
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Witt said his hamstring is "feeling 10 times better than last week. I knew this was a win-or-go-home game, and I wanted to try to help the team any way I could."
It was an offensive shootout featuring 21 hits.
LCA held leads of 5-0 and 8-2, but Bryan Station wouldn't go away.
"That's one thing you can say about the Defenders since Eddie (Brooks) has been their coach. They fight you tooth and nail, and show a lot of heart," Galloway said.
After Bryan Station closed to within 8-7, LCA got two crucial runs in the sixth when Austin Bundy beat out a bunt, and Steven Hoagland and Evan Stephens scored on the play.
Stephens had three hits, two runs and an RBI.
Bryan Station, which upset LCA in the region last year, was led by Jason Miley (three hits, a run and an RBI); Michael Bollmer (two hits, two RBI), and Damian Beveridge (two hits, an RBI).
LCA is trying to get back to the state tournament for the first time since it won the title in 2005.
Madison Central 3, Franklin County 2: No. 7 Madison Central rallied from a 2-0 deficit with a run in the sixth and two in the seventh to pull out a dramatic victory.
Franklin County's Sean Thompson blanked the Indians through five innings, but he couldn't finish them off.
Madison Central nicked him for a run in the sixth on a walk, single, fielder's choice and a throwing error.
The Indians game-winning rally came in their last at-bat.
Alex Daphins got it started with a one-out double. He came home on Jon McQuarter's single. After Zach Harmon's hit moved McQuarter to second, Isaac Smith singled down the right-field line to easily score McQuarter.
Logan Smith pitched the first six innings for the Indians. He gave up RBI hits to the Flyers' Tyler Woolums and Jack Todd in the third.
Harmon came on in the seventh and got the victory in relief.
Madison Central faces LCA in Tuesday's semifinals. The Eagles beat the Indians 5-3 three weeks ago.
Henry Clay 12, Model 1 (5 innings): The top of Henry Clay's batting order did most of the damage in the rout. The first four hitters accounted for seven hits, six runs and 10 RBI.
Corey Bays and Field Engle drove in four runs apiece.
Bays, a junior shortstop, ripped a pair of two-run doubles and scored three times.
Engle, a junior outfielder, had a three-run double and RBI single.
Ryan McCray and James Hendron each drove in two runs. Hendron stroked a home run for the second consecutive game.
Derek Bush and Zane Ragan combined to throw a two-hitter. Curtis Roberts and Kelly Daniels had the Patriots' hits.
Henry Clay Coach Jordan Tarrence was able to save his two top pitchers — senior left-hander Nolan Fernandez and sophomore right-hander Walker Buehler — for use later in the tournament.
Bryan Station 002 203 0 —7 10 2
Lexington Christian 050 302 x—10 11 1
Ryne Combs, Jordan Craig (4), Yuron Washington (5), Michael Bollmer (6) and Brady Boling. Joe Duncan, Armando Bosch (5), Adam Shewmaker (6) and Steven Hoagland.
Records—Bryan Station 16-17; LCA 24-10.
Model 001 00— 1 2 0
Henry Clay 154 2x—12 11 0
Brandon Thomas, Cody Billings (3) and Ollie Gasser. Derek Bush, Zane Ragan (4) and Ryan McCray. 2B—McCray (HC), 2; Corey Bays (HC), 2; Field Engle (HC); Ethan Boggs (HC); Kelly Daniels (M). HR—James Hendron (HC).
Records—Model 19-10; Henry Clay 23-13.
Franklin County 002 000 0—2 8 2
Madison Central 000 001 2—3 9 0
Sean Thompson and Zach Arnold. Logan Smith, Zach Harmon (7) and Isaac Smith. 2B—Conner Brown (FC), Austin Hunt (MC).
Records—Franklin County 20-17; Madison Central 29-10