Lakeland drops two pitching duels

Published 10:07 pm Thursday, April 9, 2009

A rally by visiting Great Bridge on the top of the seventh inning turned a Lakeland lead into a 5-2 Wildcat win on the baseball diamond Wednesday evening at Lakeland.

The Cavaliers led 2-1 from the second inning until the seventh inning. Lakeland’s Jeremy Hagwood pitched an excellent game for the first six innings against one of the usual powers of the Southeastern District. Hagwood dueled against Great Bridge’s Anthony Stokes, who held Lakeland to four hits in 5.2 innings pitched.

After falling behind 1-0 in the top of the second, Lakeland answered with two runs in the home half of the frame.

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One-out singles by Jarrett Hagwood and Lance Smith set the table. Hagwood scored on a wild pitch and Smith came in on a two-out double by Kevin Lowther.

Smith was the Cavs’ offensive star on Tuesday in Lakeland’s 13-4 win against Deep Creek, going 5-for-5 with five RBI.

Through the next four innings, the teams traded donuts, which would’ve been just fine in the end for Lakeland.

In the Lakeland sixth, Jarrett Hagwood suffered a scary injury trying to score. With Smith on first and Hagwood on third and one out, Smith broke for second before the Wildcat pitcher delivered to the plate. Smith was trying to cause a run-down and allow Hagwood time to sprint home. Instead, Great Bridge caught Hagwood stranded a third of the way down the third-base line.

The play ended with a toss to the plate beating Hagwood, and Hagwood half-sliding, half-running into the Great Bridge catcher. Hagwood went down in obvious pain, seemingly with a broken left leg. An ambulance was called and the teams cleared the field during the delay.

After the delay, Patrick Cody relieved Stokes for GB. Cody struck out Jeremy Hagwood to end the sixth, then pitched a three-up, three-down seventh after the Wildcats’ comeback.

Jeremy Hagwood finished with the tough-luck loss, giving up nine hits and two walks. Five of the GB hits came in the final inning. Brandon Snook replaced Jarrett Hagwood at catcher in the last inning.

In a non-district softball contest at Lakeland on Wednesday, Granby’s Chrissy Crawford held the Lady Cavaliers to one hit as Granby won 3-1.

Granby took the lead against Lakeland’s Ashley Carroll with single runs in the second and third innings.

Carroll pitched the first four innings, then the final two outs of the Granby seventh inning, relieving her reliever, Chelsea Speight.

Lakeland put runners aboard against Crawford in the first, fourth and fifth innings via either walks or hit batters, but couldn’t advance anyone past second base.

Savannah Nuckols’ triple, a liner into the right-center field gap, broke up the no-hitter bid in the sixth inning. Nuckols scored to make it 2-1 Granby, but Granby regained a two-run margin in the next half-inning.

The Lady Cavaliers (2-7, 2-5) go back into Southeastern District play on Friday at Hickory. Lakeland’s baseball squad (3-5, 3-5) plays at Hickory on Friday, then faces Landstown on Saturday at 1 p.m. in Virginia Beach.