Cavs offense high-powered in win

Published 9:55 pm Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Lakeland High School’s baseball team defeated Booker T. Washington High School 20-2 in a Conference 17 matchup Tuesday evening.

The Cavs had enough offense Tuesday to last them for weeks in their win against Booker T. Lakeland scored 20 runs, which made for their biggest win of the season and the highest scoring game of the season so far.

The game looked as if it was going to be closer after one inning of play. Lakeland was up 3-2 after one inning before taking off the rest of the game. They scored 16 runs in the second and third innings combined.

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“We gave up runs in the first, and then we settled in and started to play Cavalier baseball,” Cavs coach David Devers said. “We played to our ability and came out with a good victory.”

Putting up the offensive performance they did shows the Cavaliers that the hard work and practice they’re doing is starting to pay off.

Cody Anderson and John Cooke each went 2-2 and scored three runs each. First baseman Jordan White had a triple play to end the game for the Cavs. Seven different Lakeland players scored at least two runs. Playing against teams in their conference is starting to show what Lakeland is capable of.

“It is starting to show that we can compete better. We’ve been matched up better, too,” Devers said. “They’ve done a good job going out there and executing better against those 3A schools.”

Devers wants his team to continue to build momentum as they get closer to the conference tournament. Lakeland will face I.C. Norcom High School at home at 5:30 p.m. Friday.

Lakeland 20, Booker T. 2

Lakeland 3 8 8 1—20

Booker T. 2 0 0 0—2

Lakeland: Hits 16—Bennett 2, Hawkins 2, Spencer 2, Cooke 2, Anderson 2, Edwards, Hardy, White, Lewis, Kelley, Bowyer; Runs 20—Anderson 3, Cooke 3, Lewis 2, Hawkins 2, Bennett 2, Edwards 2, Coyler 2, Kelley, Spencer, White, Hardy; RBI 9—Spencer 3, Lewis, Hawkins, White, Bennett

Pitching win: Cody Anderson

Booker T.: Hit 1—Pansacula; Runs 2—Jacobs, Baker; RBI 1—Rodriguez

Pitching loss: Gabriel Jacobs