LANCASTER — As the clock winds down on a strange 2020 season, the Troy Legends are looking to finish strong.
They took a big step toward doing just that Tuesday night, sweeping a late-night doubleheader at Lancaster by winning 10-8 and 13-7.
“We’ve been playing better baseball lately, and taking on Lancaster, which was 30-10, was a big challenge,” Troy Legends coach Frosty Brown said. “Our bats were hot, and we made several big defensive plays that stifled a couple of their rallies”
In the opener, Troy jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the top of the second on five straight hits by Riley Wilson, Colton Francis, Garrett LeMaster, Jonny Baileys and Darius Boeke. Two Troy errors allowed Lancaster to tie the score in the bottom of the inning, but LeMaster hit a three-run double in the third to put Troy back on top.
LeMaster also earned the win on the mound in relief, with Warren Hartzell earning a save. Francis was 4 for 4 with a double and three RBIs, LeMaster had two hits and three RBIs, Boeke had three hits, Baileys tripled and stole three bases and Zach Seagraves and Wilson each had two hits.
In the late game, Baileys and Boeke each had two of the Legends’ 10 hits as Troy cashed in on four Lancaster errors. Lancaster held a 7-6 lead after five, but the Legends sent 13 batters to the plate in the sixth with six walks, five hits and two big errors to put together a seven-run inning and seal the win, with Hartzell again closing things down in the seventh for a save in relief of Keith Orndorff, who got the win.
“We wanted to get our pitchers a few innings of work apiece to get ready for the Bowling Green Elite World Series this weekend and play a lot of guys to get ready, and we accomplished that,” Brown said.
Troy kicks off the tournament at Bowling Green against the Michigan Monarchs on Friday, then the Legends take on the Ohio Hitmen at 9 a.m. Saturday and the Gem City Throwbacks at 4:15 p.m. Saturday. Sunday morning, the Legends will face the Cincinnati Legion at 9 a.m. and then will play in the finals bracket based on the tournament’s standings.
The Legends will wrap up the season at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Duke Park by taking on the Wild Boars in a nine-inning game.