After giving up the go-ahead home run in the top of the seventh, Oak Grove’s Jacob Pavlica got revenge.
The Panthers relief pitcher ripped the game-winning double to help the baseball team erase a 5-4 deficit and claim a 6-5 victory over Lexington Wednesday. Quin Schneiders set up Pavlica’s heroics with a game-tying RBI in the same inning.
“Coming off of a big win on Tuesday night, I was afraid of the hangover game and that’s exactly what we got,” Panthers coach Evan Jones said. “I credited the guys for hanging in there and especially to Jacob Pavlica who threw 4 2/3 innings of one-run ball in relief to keep us in the game. Jacob did what a good competitor does, he punched back with the game-winning double in the bottom of the seventh. I’ve said it before and I’m sure I’ll say it again, but it’s always good to get a W when you don’t play your best.”
Pavlica relieved Devon Hudson and gave up one run on four hits and walked two in his victory. Schnieders was 2-for-3 with two RBIs and Josh Lewis and Tanner Lowrey each had an RBI hit for Oak Grove (7-6).