West Ashley stops Lexington, 9-2


At this point in the season, West Ashley baseball coach Mitch Miggenburg isn't too concerned about the process, just the result.

West Ashley exploded for seven runs in the sixth inning to break open a close game to defeat Lexington, 9-2, in the Class AAAA Lower State baseball playoffs Monday night.

West Ashley, which improved to 22-6 on the season, will play at Wando at 7 p.m. Wednesday to determine who faces Sumter in the Class AAAA Lower State finals. Lexington, the defending state champion, finished its season at 20-10.

It wasn't always the prettiest game to watch, but West Ashley found a way to win, which was all that mattered to Miggenburg.

"We don't always make it easy on ourselves, it was kind of sloppy game at times, but it's a win and in the playoffs that's all that really counts," Miggenburg said. "We had some base running errors, we had to pitch out of a few jams early, but the kids competed and that's what we've been preaching all season, compete, compete compete. Really proud of the way they grinded out the win."

West Ashley pitcher Jonathan Sabo made up for a lot of the Wildcat mistakes, pitching six solid innings, giving up just six hits and striking out a half dozen Lexington batters. Sabo, who improved to 9-2 on the season, walked just two batters.

"Jonathan has been solid for us all season," Miggenburg said. "When he's on the mound, we feel like we've got a chance to win. He competed really hard against a really, really good Lexington team. He had all three pitches going. He could throw all three for strikes at any point in the count."

Despite scoring nine runs, West Ashley managed just five hits against Lexington. West Ashley, however, was patient at the plate, drawing nine walks from four different Lexington pitchers.

"We picked a really bad time to stop swinging our bats," Miggenburg said. "We were able to get on base, we showed some patience at the plate, which sometimes can back-fire on us, but not tonight."

With the game tied at 2-2 going into the top of the sixth, West Ashley blew the game open with seven runs on two hits. Caleb Goude broke the inning open with a three-run triple.

"We put some pressure on them and forced them to throw some strikes," Miggenburg said.

Wando defeated West Ashley, 5-3, this past Saturday night.

"It's going to be fun, Wando is our biggest rival," Miggenburg said.