Rosewood sweeps Lakewood

By Justin Lucas - Sports Writer

With baseball, softball and girls soccer on the menu for Wednesday night, Lakewood searched for a win, but came up short, falling to Rosewood High School in each sport.

Softball

Following a 8-1 drubbing against North Duplin, the Lady Leopard softball team met Rosewood on the diamond.

From the start, Rosewood dominated. Facing a 9-0 deficit, Lakewood reached home plate courtesy of an RBI single which cut the lead to eight runs. However, Rosewood would go on to win the game, 11-1.

“We are playing much better the second half of the season. I’m happier with the team chemistry the girls are starting to get,” said Alan Jackson, head coach of the Lakewood softball team. “If we can cut back on some of our mistakes, we will be able to compete with anyone.”

Next up for the Lady Leopards is a faceoff against Midway High School on Monday.

Soccer

The Lakewood High School girls soccer team won 2-0 against North Duplin on Tuesday and looked to continue that momentum on Wednesday against Rosewood.

While Rosewood led 2-0 at the half, Lakewood didn’t give up, scoring a goal a few minutes into the second period. The goal trimmed the lead to 2-1. Rosewood would clamp down on defense and prevent Lakewood from scoring the equalizer. The Eagles would win 4-1, Courtney Mozee scoring the lone goal for the Leopards.

“It was a tough loss,” said Lakewood head coach Evert Cruz. “We had several opportunities to score but came up short. We hope to capitalize on our opportunities in the future.”

The loss brings the Lady Leopards to 4-6 overall on the season. The Leopards host Midway High on Monday for a nonconference matchup.

Baseball

Looking to forget about its 3-2 loss to North Duplin on Tuesday, the Lakewood High School baseball team hosted the Eagles of Rosewood in a conference game under the lights.

The Eagles of Rosewood would dominate the game from start to finish. The Leopards couldn’t get anything going on offense or defense. With a score of 10-0 during the bottom of the fifth, the game was called.

The Leopards look to halt a four-game losing streak when they face the Raiders of Midway High School on Monday.

By Justin Lucas

Sports Writer