Lexington — Pitchers Cole McMillan and Nick Jobst combined on a five-hitter and Collin Steagall added three hits that helped top-ranked Lexington to a 2-0 win over James Island in the AAAA District 5 championship baseball game at Wildcats Field on Wednesday.
Lexington (25-2), which won its 14th straight game, plays at South Aiken in the opening round of the Lower State playoffs on Saturday. South Aiken beat Sumter, 9-0, in the District 6 finals. James Island finished the season with a 17-10 mark.
McMillan (6-0) earned the win, allowing four hits with a walk and five strikeouts over the first 42/3 innings. Jobst picked up his first save, working the final 21/3 innings with three strikeouts.
Josh Escoffier (5-3) suffered the loss surrendering two runs on nine hits over five innings with five strikeouts.
For the third straight postseason game, the Wildcats scored in the first inning. Austin Bello doubled with one out and scored on Steagall’s two-out double to right center for a 1-0 lead.
Lexington made it 2-0 in the fifth when Colie Bowers led off with a single and eventually scored on a single to center by Nick Ciuffo.
Bowers finished 2-for-3, while Steagall was 3-for-3. Tyler Weekley led the Trojans with a pair of hits in three at bats.
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WP—McMillan (6-0). LP—Escoffier (5-3). S—Jobst (1). Records: Lexington 25-2, James Island 17-10. Next: Lexington plays at either Sumter or South Aiken on Saturday in Lower State playoffs.