SULPHUR – It was not meant to be.
The Lakeside Warriors certainly did not want to see their unmatched 30-win season spoiled in 5 various gut-wrenching innings, however a hungry Sterlington Panthers team came with too much firepower Saturday with McMurry Park.
Sterlington pummeled Lakeside pitching from the go, hanging three runs from the first inning and never looking back, en route to a 11-1 win over head teacher Will Gray’s Warriors.
“They swung the actual bats incredibly well,” Gray said. “It didn’t really hook us off guard. We learned they
could hit the soccer ball the way they did…Hats off to Sterlington, they can be an outstanding baseball team.”
The Players sent junior Dalton Crumpler to the clump to start the championship tilt. Crumpler pitched eight innings in a Goal 17 contest between the Players and Panthers, limiting the these days state champions to three runs in a 6-3 Lakeside win.
The Panthers were ready this occassion, rocking Crumpler off the mound immediately after 1.1 innings. Lakeside turned to Colton Davidson who struggled in one inning about the hill before Jake Dreary came in for the final a pair of innings of duty.
The Warriors decided not to enjoy much success when you’re at bat either, finishing the game utilizing two hits: A RBI one off the bat of Jayke Stewart and also a double by Jake Off white. Cameron Gray scored the only Lakeside perform, reaching base via stroll.
For the two Gray’s inside the lines, that it was their final prep match, joining Braydon Jones, who appeared in Friday’s semifinal win over Rosepine with a entire game two-hitter, as graduating seniors.
“Our three seniors never cease, they never gave up,Inches Will Gray said. “That’s precisely why it hurts to lose a match like this. We’re going to miss all 3; they leave big pockets to fill.”
The three seniors helped lead Lakeside, a program previously steeped in traditon, to different heights as the first 30-win company in school history.
They pass any mantle on to six going back starters C all juniors C who bring back to fight for the elusive last win coveted by every team in the state connected with Louisiana.
This was Lakeside’s fourteenth vacation to the state semifinals and sixth championship-game physical appearance.
The Warriors are now 2-4 in brand games.