With the temperatures a little closer to what would be expected in early February, the Flames (3-0) fought through on-and-off rain showers to push across solo runs in each of their final at bats.
Derrick Pitts led Lee’s eight-hit attack with two singles and two runs scored. Andres Nelo, Josh Silver, Zacary Hawkins, Jordan Stewart, Josh Tate and Siosi Poti each stroked singles in the win.
Emmanuel (0-3) received two hits each from Alex Delgado and Ben Grillo. Delgado legged out a double for the only extra-base hit of the game.
Lee jumped on top in the sixth inning with an RBI single by Stewart. Emmanuel fought back to tie the game with an RBI single by Grillo in the next frame.
Nelo’s sacrifice fly in the seventh plated Blake Ray with the eventual game-winner and Tate walked with the bases loaded to force in an insurance run in the eighth inning.
Dustin Lawson started and pitched five innings before being relieved. He allowed just three hits while striking out five.
CJ Lusted gave up one run on four hits over 1 1/3 innings. Carlos Ditren took the mound in the seventh inning and earned the win after conceding one hit and fanning two in 1 2/3 innings of work.
Pitts struck out two of the three batters he faced in the ninth to record his first save of the season.
Ryan Phillips took the loss for the visiting Lions. Phillips gave up two runs on six hits, walked two and struck out four over 6 1/3 innings.
"Once again our pitching rose to the occasion,” said Lee head coach Mark Brew. “Lawson did a great job on the front end and we made some big pitches in key situations out of the bullpen. I was really pleased with the play of our defense all weekend long as well.”
The Flames turned two double plays in the game and have now tallied three double plays in three games.
“Offensively, I think we will come around,” said Brew. “It has been tough preparing under the cold temperatures and hopefully as things start to warm up our bats will come alive as well. I thought Josh Silver and Derrick Pitts had solid weekends at the plate for us. I expect us to have a good week of practice as we prepare for Kentucky State.”
Lee and Kentucky State are scheduled for a single nine-inning game on Friday at 3 p.m. and a doubleheader starting at noon on Saturday.