It was a great outing for the varsity Leopards in the unusually cold night air against the James Kenan Tigers. Lakewood ran away with the baseball game, 22-2, in Salemburg on Wednesday. The game was originally supposed to be played on Tuesday, but rain caused it to be re-scheduled.
Lakewood hit the ball better Wednesday evening than any other game this season, and that was evident in the score.
“We played a lot better in this game. Hopefully we took the lid off of what was holding us back from hitting the baseball. We woke up tonight and came out swinging. We became aggressive at the plate. We had 17 hits tonight, and that is a lot different from our past games this season,” an upbeat Raymond Spell, head coach of the Leopards said.
For the Leopards, Seth Herwy went 3-5; Zack Tanner was 3-4; Ross Strickland was 1-2; Carlen Canady went 3-4; Willie Herring, Austin Tanner, Chandler Ray all had a single hit.
Ross Strickland pitched the first 3 innings for the Leopards. JJ Tanner, and Austin Tanner came in to pitch one inning.
Lakewood travled to Neuse Charter Thursday evening, and had another impressive win. This time, it was Zack Tanner getting the win, and Matt Butler pithing to end the game for the Leopards.
Offensively, Austin Tanner was 5-5, Carlon Cannady and Ross Strickland were 3-3, J.J. Tanner was 3-4, Matt Butler was 2-4, and Seth Herwy was 2-2.
Coach Raymond Spell was once again please at his team’s performance. “Guys are starting to really make a playoff push and a conference championship push. They are really beginning to buy in to what I have been telling them, and it was a great effort. They have me excited to play our next game, and they are excited about playing to,” said Spell.
Lakewood is now 3-6 on the year and 2-2 in conference play. They play at home against Princeton on Tuesday, to try to move above .500 in the conference win column.