Coach reflects on Lakewood baseball campaign

By Chris Froat - Sports Writer

A 4-1 loss against Northside Pinewood cut the Leopards’ baseball season short but out of all spring sports, the Leopards’ baseball team was the school lone representative in postseason play.

“Overall it was a great ball game,” said head coach Jay Faircloth. “We definitely put ourselves in a position to win, but we made a few mistakes and they capitalized on it.”

Along with baseball, Faircloth has coached soccer as well as track and field and will be taking a break to return to classes himself.

“Hopefully I’ll be living my dream of being a history teacher,” said Faircloth. “I’m going to miss coaching, no doubt, and someday I hope to return to it; but it’s time to teach athletes on a different level. I’m sad, but super excited.”

The Leopards had a good season this year and will use this season to build on for next year.

“Worst game was our last against Hobbton,” reflected Faircloth. “And our best was, believe it or not a 2-0 loss to Rosewood. Sounds weird, but it showed what type of team we were, and they built on it.”

Faircloth also reflected on fulfilling his dream and helping his students reach their potential.

“I graduate with my bachelor’s in history on June 25, so I’m excited. I’ll admit it was hard work with coaching, (being a) full-time student and family, but things like this is what makes you stronger.”

The Leopards finished 7-10 overall, but third in the conference at 7-5 to make the playoffs, where they were ousted in the first round.

Leopards finish with winning conference record, playoff appearance

By Chris Froat

Sports Writer

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