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Big Inning By Bellevue Downs Lex

Story By: Jeff Alan



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The Bellevue Redmen moved on to face Northern Ohio League foe Shelby in the Division II district baseball final at Madison, Saturday at 2pm after an 11-3 win over Lexington on Thursday. The game started well enough for Lexington as the Minutemen took a 1-0 lead in their half of the first when Evan Lee singled home Hunter Biddle. Bellevue answered right back in the bottom of the first on a single by Jake Strayer.

In the top of the third, Lexington took a 3-1 lead when with two runners on Austin Eifrid put down a bunt and reached on a throwing error that brought around Joey Vore, 2-1 Lex. Then, a suicide bunt by Josh Verspoor brought in Biddle, 3-1 Minutemen. Bellevue scored a run in the bottom of the third inning when with runners at first and third, Shane Miller bounced out to short; that scored Dylan Dewitt, who had doubled to start the inning. 3-2 Minutemen after three.

After a scoreless fourth and top of the fifth, everything came unglued for Lex. After a laboring Biddle, who was dealing with a leg injury, was pulled after the fourth inning for relief pitcher Evan Lee. Lee got himself into trouble by walking the bases full with no outs. Lee did strike out Bellevue's Triston Snezek but walked Clay Fries forcing in a run tying the game at three. Then a single to center field by Grant Vickery brought in two runs and the floodgates opened as Bellevue sent 12 batters to the plate scoring eight runs to take a 10-3 lead, and for all intent and purposes put the game out of reach.

The Redmen picked up another run in the sixth making the final 11-3. At 16-12, Lexington has their season close as sectional champs and OCC co-champs with Madison. Bellevue at 22-4 moves on to the Division II district final back at Madison to face NOL foe Shelby who enters at 16-9. The Whippets advanced to the final by downing league rival Ontario 4-1, in the upper bracket district semi. Bellevue won both regular season league games against Shelby.

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