Lex steals one from FCB

Thursday, June 23, 2005

The First Central Bank American Legion Juniors baseball team felt good about its 6-1 lead going into the bottom of the fifth inning.

Lexington stormed back with six runs to take the lead and eventually ended up winning 8-6.

"Our guys will really learn from this game. We got up on Lexington early and then just got satisfied with our lead," head coach Steve Cochran said.

Andrew Reitz and Mike Grabowski were both on the mound for First Central Bank in Lexington last night.

"Andrew came out strong and threw really well for three innings. Then we started running into that same problem of walks, and Lexington starting hitting it pretty well," Cochran said.

"Michael Grabowski came in and did a really good job. He shut things down for us and didn't let them score anymore than the eight runs they already had."

At the plate, the American Legion Juniors had a chance to win and that is the effort Cochran said he wants from his team.

"We had an opportunity to win that game in the last two innings, but just couldn't get the runs across when we needed to," Cochran said.

FCB rattled off nine hits to go with six runs.

"The guys were hitting the ball well, and everyone was hitting. It was just one of those games where we should have came home with the 'w' but it didn't happen," Cochran said.

First Central Bank only committed three errors in what Cochran felt like was a clean game played by both teams.

"There were minimal errors during the game. We kind of put our guard down a little early, and it ended up costing us," he said.

The First Central Bank American Legion Juniors (8-13) will host Cozad at 5:30 p.m. tonight.

Sam Frazier is the projected starting pitcher.

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