The Lipan Indians are off to their best start to a baseball season in a long time.
With a 24-7 drubbing of Graford and a 12-11 edging of Baird, the Indians improved to 4-1 on the season.
More important, all of the games are District 10-A contests, meaning they are smack-dab in the middle of the postseason chase, although coach Mike Permenter is putting the brakes on such talk for now.
“Our kids are playing hard trying to get better each day,” he said. “I think it is too early to be talking playoffs.”
Maybe so, but when the Indians did last make the playoffs, they finished with a 4-4 record. That was in 2006.
Before that, one has to go back to 1995 for a postseason appearance for the Indians.
In defeating Graford, the Indians exploded for 16 runs in the third inning. They finished with 23 hits, including a 5-for-5 performance from Colby Clinton and a 4-for-5 day from Trevor Hedeman.
Clinton then improved to 3-0 pitching with the win over Baird.
In that victory, the Indians trailed 7-6 before scoring six times in the bottom of the sixth.
Lipan was playing at Gordon yesterday and wraps up the first half of district at home against Albany Friday. The Indians have four home games down the stretch in the second half of district.
Lipan 20(16) 24 – 24
Graford 000 52 – 7
Lipan pitching – Hunter Hightower (1-1) 5 innings, 6 hits, 1 walk.
Lipan hitting – Colby Clinton 5-5, 2 triples, 4 RBIs; Trevor Hedeman 4-5; Hightower 3-5, triple, RBI; Joey McFadden 3-5; Lance Ferguson 3-5; Brady Nelson 3-5, 2 doubles.
Baird 001 402 4 – 11
Lipan 150 006 x – 12
Lipan pitching – Clinton (3-0) 7 innings, 6 hits, 8 strikeouts.
Lipan hitting – Hightower 3-3, double; Hedeman 3- 3; Ferguson 2-2; McFadden 2-3; Nelson 2-3.
Lipan record – 4-1 overall, 4-1 in 10-A.