Camdenton run-rules Lebanon

By: 
ALEX BOYER ALEX@LACLEDERECORD.COM

The Camdenton Lakers erupted for 11 runs in the bottom half of the fifth inning, as the Lakers went on to run-rule the Lebanon Yellowjackets 13-3 on Thursday afternoon at Camdenton High School in an Ozark Conference rivalry.

Camdenton (6-5 overall, 3-2 Ozark Conference) handed Lebanon (10-4 overall, 4-1 Ozark Conference) its first loss in eight games and their first conference loss of the year.

The ‘Jackets were holding on tight to a 3-2 lead heading into the bottom of the fifth inning after junior Troy Reynolds had mowed down the Camdenton lineup with four innings pitched and eight strikeouts. Head coach Dustin Young was forced to move to his bullpen after Reynolds’ pitch count started to get elevated with over 80 pitches thrown.

Junior Tyler Graham came on in relief and was unable to record an out as he allowed four runs on two hits and walked two in the inning.

“There were several reasons I took him (Reynolds) out,” he mentioned. “His pitch count was elevated, and we wanted to give Graham a clean inning. They (Camdenton) were also starting the lineup over again, and the first couple of guys in their lineup had hit the ball well off of Troy, so we wanted to give them a different look.

“Tyler just didn’t have his stuff (on Thursday), and they did everything they had to do to be successful that inning.”

The inning started with a fly ball to deep right field that should have been out No. 1, but the ball tipped off of Reynolds’ glove and opened up the flood gates for the Lakers.

After a bases-loaded two-RBI single from Riley Stidham to give Camdenton the lead 4-3, Brandon Pasley delivered a single that drove in two more runs to make it 6-3 to end Graham’s day.

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