By: Maddie Kuhn
DAYTON – The Lexington Hustlers won both games of their doubleheader against the Dayton Docs Saturday, 6-3 in the first game and 10-3 in the second game.
In the first game of the day, the Docs and Hustlers were tied at 2 after the third inning, but a string of scoring in the fourth, fifth and sixth frames gave Lexington a 6-2 lead. Dayton had two hits and a run in the bottom of the seventh, but could not put the ball in play to score Kuris Duggan from third to decrease the lead and extend the game.
Hustler Taylor Rozier went 3-for-3 in the first game with a double and 2 RBI and his teammate Stephen Hoagland went 2-for-3 with an RBI, a walk and 2 runs scored. The Docs’ Garrett Gray matched Rozier with a 3-for-3 performance that included a double and an RBI.
The Hustlers’ pitching served them well in the first contest. Starter Austin Clay threw six innings and gave up five hits, two runs (one earned), one walk and six strikeouts.
Actually, Lexington’s pitching is worthy of note in the second game too. The Docs didn’t put a run on the board until the eighth inning thanks to Jacob Hall’s six inning, no run effort. He maintains a 0.00 ERA.
The Hustlers were giving Hall steady run support in the first half of the game: two runs in the first inning, one in the third and one in the fourth for a 4-0 lead. The big break that helped put the game away was in the sixth, where they posted five runs to make it 9-0. Two Docs errors contributed to the Hustler’s scoring efforts.
Lexington is now 3-0, one of three undefeated teams in the league. They will be tested when they visit the Lima Locos for a doubleheader tomorrow at 3 and 5:30 p.m.
The Docs are on a short slide after winning their first game of the season. Dayton gets a chance to bounce back tomorrow night in Xenia against the Scouts at 7 p.m.