Lakeside High School's baseball team is starting to swing the bats with runners in scoring position, an encouraging sign for Panthers coach Jay Matthews.
After dropping consecutive games to Evans and Greenbrier by piling up hits and not runs, the Panthers won three in a row before Friday's showdown with Greenbrier.
"That's just hopefully the maturity of a young team," Matthews said.
Lakeside started its run March 28 by beating Statesboro, 7-2. Junior Harrison Brawley pitched a complete game.
The Panthers then beat previously undefeated Aquinas, 7-3. Three Panthers pitchers combined to limit the Irish to four hits.
Panthers sophomore Ben Black launched a three-run home run during the fifth that sent the Irish to their first loss in 16 games.
"They're a good baseball team," Matthews said. "I don't care what class you're in."
Augusta Christian 13, Heathwood Hall 3
The Lions got their heavy hitters back and beat up on Heathwood Hall on Tuesday.
Augusta Christian shortstop Tyler Bourdo and slugger Travis Cerasuolo were missing during the Lions 16-2 loss to North Augusta. Bourdo was out with a sinus infection and Cerasuolo was nursing a sprained ankle.
Cerasuolo homered twice against Heathwood Hall and Bourdo added a home run and double.
Lions pitcher Tanner Hall, who came from Lakeside before the season, picked up his first win of the year.
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