Vanguard baseball coach Scott Schaub said he has been seeing improvements in his team’s approach during every game so far this season.

Chalk up Tuesday night’s 7-1 win over Lecanto as another one of those.

Led by a strong starting pitching effort from Abel Bailey, and a two-RBI night by Mckeon Dean, the Knights were able to keep the visitors at arms length throughout the course of the chilly evening at Vanguard High School.

Bailey (2-0) went five innings surrendering four hits, three walks and one earned run while striking out four. Keibert Medina pitched the final two innings and had five strikeouts in a dominant relief outing to earn his second save.

“We are finding ways to win games by doing the little things,” said Schaub who is in his third season as Vanguard’s head coach.

The Knights improve to 5-4 with the win. They play at West Port next Tuesday.

After getting VHS to the Class 7A, Region 1 quarterfinals last season in his second year as head coach, Schaub credits the diligent work of his assistants along with the complete buy-in of the Knights’ players as a sign that a baseball culture is being built at VHS.

“Last year was a step making the playoffs … this year we have a very young team, but we are working hard and the kids are really buying into Vanguard baseball, so the future is bright here.”

Ryley Rozar had two hits including an RBI squeeze bunt and a run scored, Andrew Travieso had a hit and an RBI, and Dean finished with two hits and two RBIs. Bailey helped his cause with two hits, Cody Antonucci and Medina each had a hit and an RBI, and Christian Chisholm scored two runs for the Knights.

Nick Morales drove in Lecanto’s only run with an RBI single in the fifth inning that scored Derrick Batson. Lecanto drops to 2-4 on the year. The Panthers travel to New Port Richey Mitchell on Monday.

Vanguard sits at 2-2 in District 7A-3, and is tied with everyone else in the league.

The Knights play their next district game next Thursday in Gainesville against GHS.