On a chilly Thursday night, the Lakewood varsity baseball team easily defeated the Spring Creek Gators 14-4, as they put the pedal to the metal late and took full control of the game.
The game started out rather slow for both teams, but Lakewood quickly found their way faster than Spring Creek did. Although it was an evenly matched game as far as talent goes, the Leopards were able to hit several powerful line drive hits to score a few runs in the late innings and take control of the game.
Many fans came out to support their home team in the Lakewood Leopards and cheered as the Leopards scored runs throughout the game to win one of their best games of the season.
Lakewood head coach Jay Faircloth was surely pleased with the win, as he went as far as to say his boys did “everything” right. “Our pitching was phenomenal and our bats were very good. We’ve done everything we need to do at the plate and they’re picking up signs and we’re just playing smart baseball right now,” Faircloth said.
However, he acknowledged that the Leopards still need improvement in other areas. “We need to work on strikeouts and a little bit of defensive stuff here and there but we still have a good defense and a lot of high energy so just a few things here and there,” he said.
The Leopards improve to 2-1 overall with the win and will face off against North Duplin on Tuesday at 6:30.
For the Spring Creek Gators, head coach Heath Whitfield was frustrated with his team.
“We did absolutely nothing well and we can improve in absolutely everything in every aspect of the game,” Whitfield said.
With the loss, Spring Creek falls to 1-4 overall on the season.
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