They came out swinging.
The LaGrange Grangers reached double digits in hits on Thursday, and they put nine runs on the board against a strong Alexander team.
Unfortunately for the Grangers, the home-standing Cougars were even better at the plate.
In a matchup of teams with unbeaten Region 5-AAAA records, Alexander out-scored LaGrange 13-9.
The Grangers (6-8 overall) fell to 2-1 in the region, while Alexander improved to 3-0.
“I was really proud of our offense. We hit it really well,” LaGrange coach Todd Herrington said. “We had 12, 13 hits, something like that, maybe even more. I think all but one guy in our starting lineup had at least one hit. And they weren’t cheap hits. They were solid base hits. I thought we swung it really well.”
Jake Farrar got the Grangers going early on when he came through with a two-run home run in the first inning.
“That really set the tone for our offense,” Herrington said.
Farrar added an RBI double later in the game, and he also had a sacrifice fly.
Logan Moody also enjoyed a big day at the plate with four hits, including a double that preceded Farrar’s home run.
Ben Anderson had a pair of hits, as well as a sacrifice fly.
Logan Hood, who was coming off a shutout against Shaw last week, started and pitched four innings, and Moody threw the final three innings.
“Our pitching wasn’t quite as sharp as it has been, and that’s going to happen sometimes,” Herrington said. “But our offense rose to the occasion, we just fell a little short in the end.”
LaGrange is scheduled to host Fayette County today, weather-permitting.
Game time is 5:30 p.m.
If the game is rained out, it will be made up on Monday at Granger Park.