Jayton Cromer hits walk-off against Neosho

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Lebanon junior Hagan Smith attempts to lay down a bunt during a high school baseball game against the Neosho Wildcats on Friday morning at Oley Scott Field. Lebanon won the contest, 4-3.

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ALEX BOYER ALEX@LACLEDERECORD.COM

In their first game of the First State Community Bank Wood Bat tournament, the Lebanon High School baseball team won dramatically, defeating Neosho 4-3 on Friday morning at Oley Scott Field.

Heading into the bottom of the seventh with the game tied at 3-3, it was senior Jayton Cromer who delivered the walk-off single for the ‘Jackets. Junior Curtis Mobley ripped a double down the left field line to start the inning, and the hit from Cromer secured the victory against a Wildcat team that had already defeated Lebanon once this year.

For most of the game, Lebanon dominated and took an early 2-0 lead in the bottom of the third inning when junior Troy Reynolds delivered a double that plated tworuns but was thrown out at third trying to stretch it into a triple.

Junior Tyler Paul pitched a solid five innings for Lebanon and did not allow a hit until the sixth inning when the Neosho offense had their first three hitters reach base via hit, and senior catcher AC Marion drove in all three runs after smart base running by the Wildcats to take a 3-2 lead with no outs.

Reynolds was called on to relieve Paul who went five innings, allowed just four hits and struck out three hitters and earned the win in the contest with Gage Kelley taking the loss.

He (Reynolds) struck out the first batter he faced, and catcher Curtis Mobley threw out two Neosho baserunners trying to steal to end the threat.

In the bottom half of the inning, Reynolds reached second base again on another double, advanced to third on a wild pitch and was brought in by junior Colton Zeigenbein to tie the game back up.

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