SIBLEY —There is an old saying in sports that goes "it's hard to beat a good team three times in one season."
And Thursday, the Lakeside Warriors found out just how true that is.
Lakeside had to beat Sterlington two out of the three times they played to edge out the Panthers for the 2-2A title, but failed to beat them a third time as the two teams met in the first round of the Class 2A playoffs.
Sterlington edged Lakeside, 6-4.
"It's one of those deals where if we played ten times, they'd win five and we'd win five," Lakeside coach Bob Gray said. "And this was one of their five."
Sterlington struck for three runs in the top of the third, with the benefit of only one hit.
"We had an uncharacteristic inning in the third," Gray said. "We let them get three runs on just one hit. But it wasn't because of errors, the ball just seemed to find spots that more or less made it more difficult for us to make a play. Every time we looked up, the runners were safe."
Lakeside went on to tie the game at 3-3, but Sterlington scored three of the game's final four runs to take the win.
Lance McGuire fell to 7-5 as he took the loss. He went all seven innings, allowing eight hits and striking out three.
Austin Ashley led the offense with a three-for-four day and Chad Basing had a pair of doubles. Dakota Shinall singled and doubled and Tyler Wallace had two singles. McGuire added a base hit.
Lakeside finished the year 21-11.