The Lakewood Leopards varsity baseball team was back in action Saturday, facing off against the Tigers of James Kenan on a hot Saturday afternoon. The heat did not affect the Leopards, as they led the whole game and beat the Tigers quite handily, 7-3.
Lakewood got on the board early and quickly, putting up two runs in the first inning alone and easily beating James Kenan defensively too. The Tigers were simply unable to get any type of substantial scoring runs going, and failed to capitalize on the many opportunities they had. Despite this, the game was kept close all the way up to the fifth inning.
Lakewood added another run in the second inning but the Tigers responded in a strong way, putting up two runs in the fourth to slice the deficit to just one run. This did not last long, however. The Leopards found their footing and blasted James Kenan the rest of the way.
In the fifth inning, Lakewood scored three runs to take a commanding 7-2 lead. James Kenan was unable to come back from this five-point disadvantage, only posting one more run before the game ended. The 7-3 win snapped a three-game losing streak for the Leopards.
After the win, Leopards head coach Jay Faircloth was very happy with his team for their all around stellar play.
“We hit the ball well, we played defense well, we pitched well, and the most important thing is we didn’t give up. We had fun. We played good baseball today,” Faircloth said.
James Kenan head coach Raymond Spell, on the other hand, was frustrated with how the Tigers played on Saturday.
“We didn’t do a whole lot well tonight. We made eight errors and we didn’t hit the ball well. We can improve in all phases of the game,” Spell said.
With the win, Lakewood improve to 7-6 overall and 6-5 in the Carolina 1 A Conference. The Leopards are currently in a three-way tie for third place along with North Duplin and Princeton, both of which are the next two teams the Leopards with face. They will host Princeton on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. followed by a road trip to North Duplin on Wednesday in hopes of finishing the last leg of the season in a strong way.
James Kenan falls to 10-9 overall with the loss and 6-6 in the conference. They will travel to Spring Creek on Tuesday in hopes of getting back on track.
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