The Lakewood Leopards got back to winning ways on Tuesday evening when they took on Union in the Jimmy Raynor Easter Tournament at Clinton High School.
After losing five straight games, since their last game with Union, the Leopards bounced back and got their third win of the season in a 5-3 decision. All 3 wins have came against the Spartans.
“It definitely feels good to get back into the ‘W’ column tonight,” said Lakewood head coach, Jay Faircloth, who knew today was going to be different before the game even started.
“We met at the school, had a pregame meal together, all road into Clinton together, and then had a great infield/outfield session before the game,” he continued. “The guys seemed to be locked in from the start of the game.”
Lakewood, who has been averaging around 5 errors per game, only had one on Tuesday, and that helped out in a big way.
“Our defense was solid behind Josh Carter’s pitching on the mound, and I am really proud of the way we played. If our shortstop, Chandler Ray is going to play like he did tonight, we’ll be tough to beat. Union has a great team, some really good players, and we know we beat a good team tonight.”
Lakewood was led by Chandler Ray, who was 1-2; Zach Tanner, who went 1-3 with a double and scored 2 runs. Spencer Ray and Matt Butler each had 2 hits, and Butler drove in a pair of runs. Devin Rosenberger drove in a pair of runs as well on the evening.
Carter’s pitching line featured 4.5 innings of inducing ground balls and fly-outs, and he struck out 2 batters en route to the win.
Union was led by Dawson Thornton, who scored a run and got a hit. Ty Travers got a hit, and so did Zack Worley.
The Spartans, who are sure to break through before too long, are now 0-8 on the season. They have good talent and coaching, yet have been on the wrong end of some unfortunate events over the first part of their schedule. They have what it takes to turn things around as they get back into conference play.
Lakewood improves to 3-5 on the young season. After a match-up with Clinton later in the week, they’ll travel to James Kenan next Tuesday for a game with the Tigers to get back into conference play.
Reach Adam Capps at 910-214-9585