Lexington ended their season with a 4-15 record last Thursday in District play.
The ‘Dawgs were beaten in two games by the Class 3A No. 19 Mount St. Mary Rockets in Oklahoma City by scores of 11-1 and 15-0.
Head coach Jarod Ennis was disappointed with the season-ending losses. But, could see a lot of positives in his club.
“We just got outplayed against Mount St. Mary,” Ennis said.
“They hit the ball well and found some holes. We didn’t take advantage of having runners on base. That was pretty much the scope of it. We didn’t do as well as we wanted to. But, we have a few things to hang our hats on.”
Lexington may have ended the season with a losing record. But, several players earned high praise from Ennis.
“Seth Comer was an impact type of guy for us on the mound and at the plate,” Ennis said. “He pitched solidly in some big games for us. He kept us in games and kept hitters honest. He hit well in the three-spot in the lineup and stayed there the whole year. He drove in some big runs for us.
“It was really a collection of guys who helped the team this year,” Ennis added.
“Kolby King had a good season at second base. Mayson Dunaway did a good job behind the plate as our catcher and he caught every game. Colton Penner made some great plays defensively and he hit a couple of home runs for us that were in big spots. We had a lot of positive contributors to the team.”
Ennis, who just ended his sixth season as head coach, was positive in discussing the ‘Dawgs season.
“It’s always tough to have this type of season,” Ennis said, “but there’s nothing we can do about it now. We have to get ready for next season. We could play really good ball for five or six innings. But, it always seemed we had that one inning that would hurt us.
“We couldn’t recover or get that timely base hit when we needed it. We weren’t as bad as our record would indicate. We were still able to do some good things this year. I’m looking forward to next season.”
Lexington was, no doubt, impacted by the cold, damp weather early in the season. In fact, it kept the ‘Dawgs from practicing on their own field. Their workouts were all indoors until they finally got to get time on the diamond in a game situation.
“The weather certainly didn’t help things,” Ennis said. “We were up for our first game but we had to push that back. We had to cancel or postpone four of our first six games because of the weather at the beginning of the season.
“Who knows? Maybe we could have gotten some of those bugs in our game out of the way earlier on. You can’t think about that now, though. Every other team had to battle the weather, too. I’m still proud of this team and the manner in which they handled things. They learned a lot this year.”