The Lakewood Leopards bounced back in a big way on Tuesday when they returned to the diamond, win-less in Carolina 1A Conference play. Lakewood traveled to Neuse Charter, and came away with a huge 22-0 win over the Cougar nine, and finally got into the win column in conference play.
Chandler Ray pitched 3 innings and struck out 7 in a dominating performance. Matt Butler pitched the rest of the game and retired 4 batters via punch-out.
Offensively, Devin Rosenberger, Zach Tanner and Spencer Ray led the Leopards with 3 hits apiece. Josh Carter went 2-3 to round out the Lakewood leaders.
Lakewood put the ball in play a lot and drew a lot of walks. When they could score, they did score. Head coach Jay Faircloth liked the way his team played on Tuesday in the road win, and hopes that this is a spring-board as they enter the halfway point of conference action.
“We play Princeton on Thursday at home then travel to Hobbton on Tuesday, and that’s the halfway point of conference play. If we can play like this and get a couple of wins to get back in the swing of things, that would be really big for us,” he said.
“I thought that we did a great job pitching tonight,” he continued. “Chandler came in and struck out 7 in 3 innings and it was his first outing of the year. Matt did good things for us as well.”
Lakewood is now 4-6 overall on the year and 1-4 in conference play. They have their eyes set on a big win come Thursday, when Princeton is set to travel to Salemburg and take on the Leps.
The game is set for 7 p.m.
Reach Adam Capps at 910-214-9585