Minden Press-Herald

Oct 01st

Lakeside tops Sterlington, 1-0

The Lakeside Warrior and Sterlington Panther baseball teams have waged quite a battle for the top spot in District 2-2A this season.

The teams have played three games this year, each one decided by just one run.

The Panthers won the first match-up, 1-0, and then Lakeside took the second 2-1. Those previous games set up Wednesday's meeting at Lakeside, in a game that basically determined the district championship.

The teams battled to a scoreless tie until the bottom of the sixth inning, when the Warriors pushed over a run. Austin Ashley led off the inning with a bunt single, and advanced to third on a throwing error. After an out, Tyler Wallace singled in Ashley.

In the top of the seventh, the Panthers loaded the bases with a couple of hits and an intentional walk with just one out. But Lakeside pitcher Lance McGuire struck out the next two batters to end the game.

"This was a big game," Lakeside coach Bob Gray said. "This assured us of a tie, and if we beat Homer today we'll win it outright. The work was hard yesterday, but we still have work to do."

The Warriors will play at Homer today at 6 p.m.

McGuire was outstanding on the mound, as he went all seven innings allowing only three hits. He faced just 24 hitters and struck out six.

"It was a pretty dominate performance by Lance," Gray said. "In that last inning, he just struck out the last two batters to end the game."

Wallace led the Warriors at the plate with a three-for-three day, including the game-winning RBI. Ashley had the bunt single and Timothy Griffith and McGuire also had base hits.

After today's game at Homer, the Warriors will play Saturday at Loyola to close out the regular season. The junior varsity will play at 11 a.m., and the varsity starts at 1 p.m.






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