Cavaliers hold off Tigers

Published 10:37 pm Friday, May 6, 2011

Lakeland’s Jared Bass went 2-for-3 and drove in four runs, two in Lakeland three-run second inning and two in a five-run third inning, and the Cavaliers went on to beat visiting Oscar Smith 9-7 Friday evening.

Randall Jones didn’t get credit for the win on the mound in Lakeland’s 9-7 win over visiting Oscar Smith Friday evening, but Jones took care of a slim lead through the last three innings for one serious save.

The Cavs led 8-4 headed into the Tiger fifth before the Tigers strung together a walk, a triple and a double against Lakeland starter David Waterfield.

Jones came in on relief with the Cavs now holding an 8-6 margin and two singles later, the Tigers had another run on the board.

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With strikeout and Jones picking off a Tiger runner at second, Lakeland escaped the inning clinging to the lead. Jones, a right-handed junior, kept it that way with relative ease as he retired six of the seven Tigers he faced in the sixth and seventh innings.

The Cavaliers built their lead taking advantage of a bunch of free passes combined with a couple timely hits.

After the Tigers moved out to a 4-0 lead in the top of the second inning, the Cavs had a rally gift-wrapped for them with three straight walks opening the bottom of the second.

Jared Bass hit a grounder into rightfield for two runs on the hit. A wild Tiger throw to the plate resulted in Nate Meeks continuing around third and scoring and Bass getting to third.

Lakeland rallied for five runs in the next inning. Lance Smith singled, advanced a base on a wild pickoff throw and scored on a single to right by Jones. Jones raced around to third thanks to a wild throw to the plate.

Next up, Waterfield reached first and Jones scored on a grounder and Tiger error. Colby Bennett singled to bring in Waterfield for a 6-4 score.

Bass got his second two-RBI hit in two innings, shooting a grounder directly over first base and down the line for a double and an 8-4 Cavalier lead.

Lakeland added one insurance run for Jones in the bottom of the sixth when Smith tripled to deep right-centerfield and scored on a wild pitch.

Waterfield went 4.0 innings and got the win. Jones allowed two hits and a walk in 3.0 innings.

The win gives Lakeland (5-11, 4-10) four wins in its last six games with two runs being the widest margin in any of the wins. The Cavaliers host Indian River Tuesday at 5:30 p.m.