The Lakewood Leopards dropped their home game this past weekend when Rosewood visited Salemburg. The Lady Eagles ran away with the game after having a couple of big innings, and went on to win the game, 11-0 in five innings, due to the 10-run mercy rule.
The Lady Eagles led the top of the first inning off by scoring a run. They then were able to keep Lakewood off base for the majority of the night, as the Lady Leopards could muster up just one hit for the game.
In the second inning, damage began to be done. It was a five run inning for the Lady Eagles, as they scored thanks to walks, hits, and Lakewood errors. The same trend continued a few innings later, when they scored five more runs in the top of the fifth. By this point, the Lady Leopards had to score at least 2 runs in the bottom half of the inning to keep the game going, and they were unable to do so.
Rosewood was finding holes in the Lakewood defense, and when the defense was positioned correctly, they often had trouble making defensive plays.
The Lady Eagles had a field day on the base-paths, as they stole 5 bases in the shortened game, allowing them to constantly have runners in scoring position.
Lakewood is now 3-4 on the season, but falls to 0-3 in conference play, and finds themselves in an early hole in the Carolina 1A Conference standings.
Rosewood is on the other end of the spectrum, as they are 3-2 overall, but 3-0 in conference play, and atop the standings.
Lakewood stats nor coaches comments were available at press time.
Next up for Lakewood and coach Dave Yarasheski is the James Kenan Lady Tigers. It is a big game for each team, as they look to build some needed momentum as they get into the thick of conference play.
The game is set for a 6 p.m. start at Lakewood on Tuesday evening.
Reach Adam Capps at 910-214-9585