SIBLEY - The Lakeside Warriors were sitting pretty after four innings in the first-round Class 2A playoff game with St. Thomas Aquinas on Friday. The Warriors led 5-0 and the Falcons had only had two base runners through four innings. But St. Thomas rallied for 11 runs in the last three innings to take the 11-9 win.
Lakeside jumped out 3-0 after the first inning on RBI-singles by Jake Gray and Josh Prince, and the Gray scored on a wild pitch. Coulson White drove in Cameron Gray in the second, and then in the fifth, Cameron Corely singled and then came in to score as Luke Griffith reached on an error.
But then the trouble started for the Warriors. St. Thomas plated four runs in the fifth. Four straight base hits brought in the first run, and then a sacrifice, a base hit and error brought three more.
The Warriors pushed their lead back to 7-4 with a pair of runs in the bottom of the fifth. The first run came as Chris Brantley walked and later scored on White's single, and the second as Cameron Gray scored on a bases-loaded walk to Corley.
St. Thomas Aquinas added four more runs in the top of the sixth to take an 8-7 lead. But the Warriors came right back again with a pair of runs to retake the lead, 9-8.
After a lead-off out, Jake Gray doubled and Prince drew a walk. Braydon Jones, running for Gray, stole third and scored on a ground out by Brantley. Prince, who had advance to third on Brantley's out, scored on a single by Cameron Gray.
Leading 9-8, the Warriors' bullpen was unable to keep the Falcons off the scoreboard in the top of the seventh, as St. Thomas Aquinas scored three more times. Trailing 11-9, the Warriors went down in order in the bottom of the seventh.
Cameron Gray led the Warriors with a pair of doubles, a single and a RBI. White added two singles and two runs batted in, and Corley had three singles and an RBI. Jake Gray doubled, singled and drove in a run and Chase Woodall singled. Prince had a RBI-single and Brantley drove in a run.
The Warriors finished the season with a 19-13 record.