The Lipan Indians moved closer to their first baseball postseason berth in seven years with a 14-11 victory against visiting Graford Tuesday.
The win improved the Indians to 7-4, all District 10-A games. They are tied with Albany for second place behind Santo (11-0), which has clinched the top spot in the league.
Baird (6-5) is in fourth place, and Ranger (5-5) is fifth. Lipan was playing at Baird last night, hosts Gordon Tuesday, and travels to Albany to finish the regular season.
“The district race is a very big mess right now with three games left,” said Lipan coach Mike Permenter.
The top three teams will advance to the playoffs.
Lipan, which is enjoying its best season in many years, last reached the playoffs in 2006.
In winning Tuesday, the Indians took control with a six-run fourth inning for a 10-5 lead. It came after Graford had scored twice in the top of the inning for a 5-4 advantage.
The offensive slugfest featured 22 hits between the teams, including 12 by Lipan. Lance Ferguson led the Indians, going 3-for-3 with a single, double and home run.
In all, the Indians had three doubles, including one each from Hunter Higthower and Joey McFadden.
Hightower was also the winning pitcher, while Ferguson registered the save.
Lipan scored in five of the six innings the Indians came to bat. Graford plated runs in five of seven times it batted.
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Graford 300 222 2 – 11 10
Lipan 310 631 x – 14 12
Lipan pitching – Hunter Hightower winning pitcher, Lance Ferguson save.
Lipan leading hitters – Ferguson 3-3, double, home run; Hightower 2-3, double; Kyle Mercer 2-3; Joey McFadden 2-3.