The district baseball showdown between No. 3 Lexington Catholic and No. 4 Lafayette was supposed to start at 8 p.m. Thursday, but with temperatures expected to drop into the 40s, game time was moved to 5:30.
As it turned out, host Lafayette fairly basked in the 57-degree sunshine as it beat the Knights 7-0 in a no-muss, no-fuss two-hour game.
The Generals got solid pitching from Jackson Boggs. The junior righthander gave up five hits, five walks, and struck out two in 62⁄3 innings. Lexington Catholic loaded the bases with two outs in the seventh before Sam Shelley came on in relief and slammed the door.
Senior first baseman C.J. Compton did what a clean-up hitter is supposed to do: He ripped a two-run triple in the fifth and laced an RBI single in the sixth.
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Jacob Abbott had a two-run double and scored three times. Alex Daniel had a pair of singles as the Generals ran their record to 16-3 (4-0 in the 43rd District, including a two-game sweep of Lexington Catholic).
Lafayette Coach Chris Langston had plenty to be happy about, but he seemed most pleased with his team's big defensive plays.
"That's what we've been working on in practice, getting them to understand that you can steal outs that way," Langston said.
Left fielder Morgan Harris gunned down Lexington Catholic's Andy Thompson when he tried to go from first to third on Daniel Little's two-out single in the third.
Lafayette catcher Johnny Fangmeyer picked off C.J. Bush at first to defuse a Knights' threat in the fourth.
And the Generals turned a nifty 6-4-3 double play (Ben Eckert to Blake Marshall to Compton) to end the sixth.
Boggs was appreciative.
"They took care of me tonight," he said. "We've got one of the best defenses in the state, so I just let them work."
Boggs improved to 4-0 despite not having his best stuff. "I didn't have control of my curveball tonight, so I just went with my fastball, slider and change, and kept them off balance," he said.
Compton said Lafayette's 4-3 victory over Lexington Catholic on April 9 gave the team confidence it could do it again. "But we weren't cocky because anything can happen in baseball."
Trip Lockhart, a sophomore righthander, started for the Knights. He gave up four hits and three runs in five innings. The Generals got four runs in the sixth off Steven Bender, but he couldn't be blamed. A two-out infield error wound up costing four runs.
Langston thought his team's 6-4 comeback district win at Paul Laurence Dunbar on Tuesday night set the tone for Thursday night.
"We got down 4-0 to Dunbar in the first inning, but the kids saw that if they stayed with what we do, just be ourselves, we can be successful.
"We did that again tonight."
LAFAYETTE 7, LEXINGTON CATHOLIC 0
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Lafayette 100 024 x—7 8 0
Trip Lockhart, Steven Bender (6) and Landon Moberly. Jackson Boggs, Sam Shelley (7) and Johnny Fangmeyer. 2B--Jacob Abbott (Laf), Moberly (LC). 3B--C.J. Compton (Laf).
Records—Lexington Catholic 15-4; Lafayette 16-3