#5 Madison Central Defeats #12 Lafayette in 11th region Showdown

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The #5 team in the state, Madison Central hosted the #12 team in the state tonight at Don Richardson Field. The Lafayette Generals came to town with an unimpressive 7-6 record but the Generals have played a tough schedule. Indians sport a 11-1 record with their only loss coming in Florida to Niceville, FL. Niceville was ranked #2 in Florida at the time, these Generals defeated Niceville during the same trip.
The Indians sent James Goble to mound to face the Generals. Goble started by hitting the lead off man but struck out the next two and he was able strand the runner second. That is going to be something he was able to do as Lafayette left five men on base through the first three innings. Lafayette sent Tyler Guilfoil, a Lipscomb commit, to the mound against the Indians. Lafayette got on the board first with a run in the second and three more in the third. In the third Goble struck out Blake Pulliam, who had driven in the first run of the game back in the second inning, with two men on. That brought Kyle Browning to the plate and on a 2-2 pitch that looked to be strike three the umpire ruled it a ball. On the very next pitch Browning lined a two run single to make it 4-0. Bottom of the third Trey Eden with a two run single to cut the lead in half and then with two outs Devin Hukell with a two run double to tie the game at four. Central ran Guilfoil out of the game after two and two thirds of work. Goble was able to hold Lafayette at bay and the Indians got two runs in the again on a two out double this time by Scott Simmons to give the home team the lead for good. Bottom of the sixth pinch hitter Jesse Cox with a grand slam to put Central up 11-4 and that was the final.
James Goble went five innings, allowed four hits, four runs all earned, walked five and struck out four for the win. Keegan Naugle works the final two for the save. Devin Hukill went 3-4 with two doubles and knocked in two runs, Scott Simmons was 2-3 with two RBI, Trey Eden with two RBI, and Jesse Cox with the pinch hit grand slam. Indians return to action tomorrow against Frederick Douglas and they travel to Bowling Green this weekend for a tournament.
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