The Lakewood Lady Leopards lost another tightly contested game on the diamond on Thursday night when Spring Creek traveled to Leopard territory. In the end, the visitors took home the 8-6 win.
Lakewood jumped ahead 5-0 after 2 innings, but Spring Creek bounced back with 5 runs of their own over the next two innings. Lakewood would eventually add one more, and led 6-5 entering the top half of the 5th.
The Lady Gators then scored 2 runs in the 6th to take a lead that they would never give up.
It was another similar story for the Lakewood defense on Thursday, as Madison Tart pitched another great game for them, and put pitches where the coaches asked her to, per Lakewood head coach Dave Yarasheski. However, as seen a couple of times this season, the defense struggled behind her, and it allowed Spring Creek to get enough momentum to get over the hump and eventually get the win.
Yarasheski liked the way his team battled, and the way his pitcher performed, despite the close loss.
“You know, it is a story we have told before, Madison pitched a good game, but the defense just didn’t have their best stuff out there this evening,” he said. “We started off well, but the defense had a really tough evening tonight. We are getting better and hanging in there. We are right there in these games and we are really fighting hard, so I like that part about it.”
Krislyn Bullard continued to hit the ball well and reached with a hit again on Thursday night. She was joined in the hit column by fellow teammates, Peyton Crumpler, Jasmine Brown, Madison Tart, and Savannah Simmons.
Lakewood is now 3-7 on the season, and just 1-6 in conference play in the Carolina 1A Conference. They are looking to bounce back after what Yarasheski hopes is a successful practice on Monday, when they host North Duplin on Tuesday at 6 p.m.
Reach Adam Capps at 910-214-9585