The situation was looking a bit dire when Logan Carson got the call.
Fayette County was already ahead 4-0, and it had a pair of base runners on in the top of the third inning.
LaGrange head coach Todd Herrington was counting on Carson, a junior pitcher, to put the clamps on Fayette County.
Carson responded in brilliant fashion.
Carson not only got out of the third inning without any more runs scoring, but he didn’t allow another run the rest of the game.
Carson ended up throwing 4 1/3 innings of shutout baseball, and LaGrange rallied for the 5-4 victory.
Carson said he knew what his job was when he stepped on the mound.
“Just don’t let them score,” Carson said. “You just get in there, and believe you can do it.”
The Grangers tied it with a run in the sixth inning, and they won the game with a run in the seventh.
“I was really proud of Logan Carson,” Herrington said. “He was really good tonight. He did the damage control and gave us a chance to chip away at it, and somehow find a way to win in the end.”
Carson got better as the game went along.
In the sixth inning, Carson struck out the side, and he faced the minimum number of batters in the seventh inning thanks to a double play.
CLEARING THE FENCE: Senior Caleb Buchanan has been working hard on his hitting this season, and the effort paid off on Monday.
Buchanan got the LaGrange comeback started with a solo home run in the fourth inning.
“I’ve been working a lot. My hitting hasn’t been that great,” Buchanan said. “I’ve been in the cage a long time. It’s good to finally start hitting the ball.”
Buchanan’s 2013 season was cut short when he injured his knee, and he had to undergo surgery.
Buchanan is recovered now, but he still wears a brace on the repaired knee.
“The doctor told me to wear this brace for at least a season to keep it from happening again. You’re more likely to injure it the first year,” Buchanan said.
Buchanan said wearing the brace slows him down somewhat, but he’ll gladly wear it if it minimizes the chances of injuring the knee again.
“I don’t want to have surgery again,” Buchanan said.
FILLING IN NICELY: LaGrange’s normal starting catcher, Jake Howard, was unable to go on Monday, and his fill-in, Larkin Easterwood, did a stellar job.
Easterwood not only got it done on defense, but he also produced at the plate.
Easterwood reached base three times, and his bases-loaded walk in the seventh inning knocked in the winning run.
“I’m real proud of Larkin Easterwood behind the plate,” Herrington said. “He was not going to start, but Jake Howard came in and he was ill a little bit, so we had to make that change. I had to change our lineup completely around right before the game.”
TURNING TWO: During Sunday’s practice session, LaGrange spent a lot of time working on double plays.
That effort paid off on Monday, with LaGrange turning a key double play in the top of the seventh inning.
Fayette County got the leadoff runner on when LaGrange got the double play.
Second baseman Jackson Shelnutt fielded a ground ball, he flipped the ball to shortstop Hakeem Stargell, who rifled the ball to first baseman Jake Farrar for the double play.
“That double play was huge right there. That’s not by luck,” Herrington said. “We work on that.”
Herrington said he used a timer while the players worked on the double plays in an effort to get them to speed things up.
“We had the clock on them. They were challenged,” Herrington said.