The Lipan Indians are used to reaching the postseason – just not in baseball.
However, that could very well be the case this year as the Indians collected a critical 4-3 victory against visiting Ranger.
The victory improved the Indians to 6-2, with all the games being District 9-A contests. They find themselves alone in second place in the district behind league-leading and unbeaten Santo (8-0 in district).
The two teams were playing yesterday afternoon in Lipan. Santo handed the Indians their first loss of the season, no-hitting them in Santo.
Against Ranger (4-4 in district), the Indians overcame an early 1-0 deficit by tying the contest in the bottom of the first inning. They took the lead for good with a run in the second, and added two more in the fifth.
They needed all four, it turned out, as Ranger rallied late.
Colby Clinton got the pitching victory to improve to 5-0 this season. Lance Ferguson came on for the save, pitching the final inning. The duo combined to strike out seven.
Ferguson also led Lipan at the plate, going 2-for-3 at the plate while also driving in a pair of runs.
“Great baseball game played by both schools,” said Lipan coach Mike Permenter.
“Very well-pitched, and only two errors the entire game – one by each school. Just a very well-played game.
“Great way for us to start the second round with a win as we try to widen the gap from the other schools in the hunt for the playoffs. We showed tonight we have the ability to play small ball and manufacture runs.”
The Indians have not been to the playoffs since 2006.
The top three teams in the district advance to the playoffs.
Ranger 100 001 1 – 3
Lipan 110 020 x – 4
Lipan pitching – Colby Clinton (5-0) 6 innings, Lance Ferguson 1 inning (save).
Lipan hitting leaders – Ferguson 2-3, 2 RBIs; Trevor Hedeman 1-2, RBI.
Lipan record – 6-2, 6-2 in 9-A.