The Gordon Lee Trojans got a solid start from freshman pitcher Jake Poindexter, some timely hitting and a nice relief appearance from Jake Wright as they won their home opener on Wednesday night, 6-4, over visiting LFO.
The Warriors (1-1) touched up Poindexter for two runs on three hits in the top of the first inning, while the Trojans also committed one costly error. Jake Bass picked up an RBI in the frame.
Both teams left runners on bases over the next couple of innings, but Gordon Lee (2-1) would finally break through in the bottom of the third against Bass, the LFO starter.
Chris Potter drew a walk and Dylan Minghini singled, setting the table for a two-run double off the bat of Caleb Hopkins. Mason Pettigrew later added a run-scoring double of his own as the Trojans grabbed a 3-2 lead.
LFO pulled back even in the top of the fourth as Brice Donahoo blooped a single to shallow right field on a 3-2 pitch with two outs. Joseph Heinrich, running from second base, just beat the throw home to tie the game.
But as quickly as the Warriors tied it up, the Trojans untied it a half-inning later.
With Donahoo taking over on the mound, Potter greeted him with a single and moved to third base after an error and a wild pitch. Minghini continued his torrid start to the season with an RBI-double to left-center. Austin Thompson would later draw a two-out walk and Will Sizemore would come through with a clutch two-run single just over the outstretched arm of a leaping Andrew Brock at shortstop.
Wright would enter the game to record what became a nine-out save. He pitched out of a jam in the top of the fifth, getting two strikeouts and a flyball to strand a pair of runners. Wright would issue a one-out walk to Brock in the seventh and Jarrett McAfee would deliver an RBI-double, but one final punch out would seal the win.
Poindexter got the win after scattering seven hits in four innings. Bass allowed seven hits in three innings, but got no decision as Donahoo took the loss in relief.
Gordon Lee will play Thursday at Northwest Whitfield at 5 p.m., while LFO will take the field again on Saturday with a home doubleheader against Chattooga, starting at 12 noon.