Strathmore scores five runs in the first inning in 8-3 win over Lindsay

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By Patrick Dillon @PDillon_SGN

STRATHMORE – The Spartans added their most impressive accolade to their 2019 campaign when they defeated their archrival the Lindsay Cardinals 8-3 on Monday, April 29. It was the first time in four years the Spartans have defeated the Cardinals.

Strathmore (13-8-1, 6-3) wasted no time jumping out to a 5-0 lead on Lindsay (8-14, 5-5) in the bottom of the first inning. Angel Topete hit a single back up the middle of the infield during a bases-loaded situation. That allowed William Reece to score the first run of the game.

Strathmore’s next batter Rigo Alvarez was hit by a pitch which allowed Jacob Flores to score.

Before John Leal busted the game open with a two-RBI single to right to make it 5-0 Spartans, Jaylen Oats scored on a wild pitch from Lindsay’s Angel Perez.

“The beginning of the game­—that is what we do,” Strathmore head coach Thad Reece said. “Our top of the lineup is really dangerous.”

From there Strathmore just tried to hold on to their lead. They did not score again until the bottom of the fourth inning when they added three more to widen their lead to 8-0.

William started on the mound for the Spartans and threw six innings. He struck out three and walked two on his way to his seventh win of the season. He was unable to finish the game because his pitch count was nearing the limit.

“He wasn’t as sharp as he has been, but we’ll need him down the stretch,” Reece said.

Aidan Jackson got the save for the Spartans.

Although, Reece is pleased with the win, he was not pleased with how his team lost focus and committed five errors in the later innings.

“Baseball is such a precise game, and I felt we did a horrible job doing that,” Reece said. “We just mentally checked out, so that wasn’t good.”

Lindsay used one of those mishaps to get on the board in the sixth inning. A single a couple batters later scored Julio Godoy from second, making the score 8-2.

Lindsay added a third run in the top of the seventh when Isaiah Franco scored after leading off with a triple which the Spartans right fielder misplayed.

It was just too little too late for Lindsay as they had their mishaps in the beginning of the game. During a single back up the middle which helped Strathmore jump out to their five run lead in the first, Lindsay’s shortstop was playing out of position. Instead of playing in the middle of his area, he was playing to cover second base to his left.

“That might have been a double play ball and they would not have scored any runs,” Lindsay head coach Brett Kendig said. “Baseball is kind of funny like that.”

Strathmore has already punched their ticket for the playoffs, and will complete their regular season on Thursday, May 2 on the road in Lindsay. First pitch is slated for 4 p.m.

The Cardinals on the other hand need to win one of their remaining two games to ensure that .500 record in league. Last night, they played the Farmersville Aztecs. Results were reached after press time.

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