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Walk-off double lifts Lexington Catholic over Paul Laurence Dunbar

Walk-off win for Lexington Catholic

Knights advance to 43rd District finals with 3-2 win over Dunbar on Landon Moberly's RBI double.
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Knights advance to 43rd District finals with 3-2 win over Dunbar on Landon Moberly's RBI double.

Landon Moberly, a junior catcher, got a double to drop into left field to score the winning run in Lexington Catholic’s walk-off 3-2 victory over Paul Laurence Dunbar in the 43rd District baseball semifinals Tuesday at Lexington Christian Academy.

The win was LexCath’s third over Dunbar this season and definitively the closest of the three. In the prior two games, the Knights defeated Dunbar 13-1 and 10-2.

“We tell our guys all the time to be even-keeled,” LexCath Coach Taylor Brooks said. “It’s gonna be dogfight anytime you get into a district game. You’re gonna get punched in the face and whether or not you’re gonna punch back or not, that’s gotta be your mentality.”

This time around, the Bulldogs nearly pulled off the upset thanks to a complete-game effort from junior Tim Lancaster and a sixth inning that raised the hopes of the Dunbar faithful. Down 2-0 at the start of the frame, the Bulldogs used a suicide squeeze bunt followed by a double from Ben Keplinger to knot things. Lancaster quickly retired the side.

Dunbar freshman Jared Gadd singled after two outs but the Bulldogs couldn’t move him home. In the bottom of the frame, LexCath’s Bo Bennington reached on a single and was moved to second by a sac bunt. Moberly’s shot to left scored Bennington and put the Knights in the finals, where they’ll vie for their first district title since 2012.

“We hit first, they hit us back and so we had to hit back again,” Brooks said.

LexCath meets Lafayette in the title game at 6 p.m. Wednesday. The Knights won both prior meetings this season, 6-0 and 4-2.

Those teams are only separated by a mile. Both earned berths to the 11th Region Tournament by virtue of reaching the district finals.

“Obviously it’s less pressure cause you’ve punched your ticket,” Brooks said. “But you wanna make sure you set yourself up for a postseason run and want to win it for pride.”

Josh Moore: 859-231-1307, @HLpreps

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Coleman, Lockhart (6) and Moberly; Lancaster and Hill. W—Lockhart. L—Lancaster. Records: Lexington Catholic 24-11, Paul Laurence Dunbar 19-16.

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