Despite a last-inning second wind for Clinton’s Lady Dark Horses, an early-game lead for the Lakewood Leopards was too much for Clinton to overcome in Thursday’s non-conference game. Lakewood thwarted a late-game surge by the Lady Dark Horses, sealing the 7-6 win.
Demonstrating a strong defense throughout, however, wasn’t enough for a win against the visiting Leopards. A loss of offensive momentum drove the Leopards to pound through when up to bat, leading to a high advantage that sustained the game.
The seventh inning opened up at a 7-3 advantage for the visitors. Clinton’s bats came alive for a solid three-run streak, but the burst of momentum wasn’t enough to force a tie and push the game into extra innings.
“They’re a great team, ” said Clinton head coach Todd Slater.
Despite the loss, Slater was pleased with the team’s performance and continued his compliments of the Lady Leopards.
“Some things got out of control but they used that energy and that focus to put one last rally together, but they just fell a little bit short.”
Lakewood’s overall record is 5-6, with a Carolina 1A Conference record of 3-5. Their next game is a makeup home game in Roseboro, against visiting team James Kenan. The Lady Leopards will then celebrate Senior Night on Tuesday as they host Princeton.
The season record thus far for Clinton’s Lady Dark Horses sits at an overall record of 3-12, with a conference record of 3-8. Next up for Clinton is a home game against the Lady Knights of West Bladen, who currently sit at first place in the Four County Conference.
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