Red Devils climb postseason ladder

Lancaster catcher Adam Wilmore (left) motions to the crowd for a round of applause for starting pitcher Matthew Kleinfelter as he walks off the mound in the top of the seventh inning in last week’s state quarterfinal. Kleinfelter shut out the Generals for 6.2 innings before coming out because of the pitch count limit. Photo by Lisa Hinton-Valdrighi

by Lisa Hinton-Valdrighi

Lancaster made winning look easy last week. And this deep into the postseason, that’s typically not the case.

Behind a dominant pitching performance by senior right-hander Matthew Kleinfelter, the Red Devils shut out visiting William Campbell, 5-0, in a Class 1 baseball quarterfinal to advance to the state tournament semifinals this week in Pulaski County.

Lancaster was scheduled to play Patrick Henry-Glade Spring Friday in the semifinals but because of storms in the western part of the state, the game was postponed until today, June 13. A win in today’s outing would advance Lancaster to the state championship game at 9 a.m. tomorrow, June 14, at Calfee Park.

The Devils were last in the state final in 2016, when they finished as the Group 1A runner-up to William Campbell.

“Last week’s game was a great game with a great atmosphere,” said LHS coach Welby Saunders. “Matthew continues to dominate on the mound…


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