The Bulldogs of Wallace-Rose Hill hosted Lakewood on Thursday for doubleheaders in softball and baseball, taking all four games from the visiting Leopards.
In the first game of the doubleheader, the Leopards and Bulldogs would trade outs for the first three innings. With two innings left to play, the Bulldogs would come up with one run to take a 1-0 lead going into the bottom of the fourth. The run came courtesy of Gabe Treio’s RBI single, which brought Sean English home. The Leopards wouldn’t be able to put the equalizer across home plate, the Bulldogs taking the first game of the night.
The second game of the doubleheader contained more offense than the first. In the bottom of the first, Wallace- Rose Hill would cross home plate for the early 1-0 lead. Lakewood wouldn’t get anything going during the second inning. The Bulldogs would bring three more runners home to extend the lead to 4-0. Needing to trim the deficit, Lakewood scored their first run of the night during the third, to trim the Bulldog lead to 4-1. Wallace- Rose Hill clamped down on defense and took home the 5-1 victory.
“If I knew what to say I would. Defense was good and our pitching was good — just didn’t hit the ball and, when we did, it was right to them,” said Lakewood coach Jay Faircloth. “We played a good team.”
With the wins, Wallace-Rose Hill moved to 7-8 for the season. The Leopards drop to 4-6 (4-2 in conference) on the year. Lakewood will travel to North Duplin on Tuesday and attempt to reclaim some momentum.
With Lakewood softball looking to turn around its season, they met the Bulldogs on the diamond for a match important to Lakewood’s standing in the conference.
In the first make-up game, Lakewood couldn’t get anything to go in their favor. With an early lead, Wallace wasn’t going to give it up. The Leopards would score three runs but the game was already out of reach. The Bulldogs would go on to win 13-3.
In the second game, the outcome would be no different. The Wallace defense proved to be stellar in this one, keeping Lakewood away from home plate, while their offense put up nine runs. The Bulldogs defeated the Leopards, 9-0.
Wallace-Rose Hill moves to 10-6 for the year, while Lakewood sits at 3-7 after the loss. Next up for the Lady Leopards is a faceoff against the Rebels of North Duplin on the road Tuesday.