Lakeland dominates in road win

Published 10:05 pm Thursday, April 4, 2019

The Lakeland High School baseball team picked up its second consecutive win in dominating fashion Wednesday, topping Booker T. Washington 26-2 in four innings.

Lakeland used strong first and third innings to pretty much seal the deal for themselves. Up 11-2 after two innings, Lakeland scored 10 in the third to effectively put the game out of reach.

Carlin Walden, Noah Boone and Aaron Wright shared pitching duties, with Walden getting the win. Josh Ellis went 2-for-3 with four RBIs. Nick Cleghorn went 2-for-3 with three runs and three RBIs.

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Lakeland was matched up with another school in their classification in the midst of playing in a district in which it is the smallest school. Coach David Devers was happy about the win but knew the Cavs couldn’t get too high on it.

“The kids played well, and we still have some things we need to fix,” he said. “But anytime you can go out there and compete and get the win it’s always good. We have to go out there and show we compete and who we are when we get a chance to play against other teams in our classification.”

Devers is excited to see how the team builds off its third win of the season. After the Cavs’ first win, Devers felt the team didn’t build on the momentum as they should have. However, he said they are learning day-by-day how to do that, especially playing in a tough district.

Lakeland next plays Saturday at red-hot rival Nansemond River High School. The game was rescheduled from Tuesday because of rain. Game time is 11 a.m.

Lakeland 26, Booker T. 2

LHS 9 2 10 5—26

BTW 0 2 0 0—2

LHS: Hits 14—Boone 2, Spencer 2, Sing 2, Ellis 2, Cleghorn 2, Hawkins, Walden, Williams, Clark; Runs 26—Hawkins 4, Williams 4, Sing 3, Wright 3, Cleghorn 3, Ellis 2, Boone 2, Walden 2, Clark, Spencer, Simpson; RBI 19—Ellis 4, Clark 3, Cleghorn 3, Sing 2, Spencer 2, Boone 2, Walden 2, Williams