The first time Westside faced Lakeside this season, the Panthers loaded up with 18 runs in a decisive double-digit victory.
On Monday night, Joseph Boatright made sure it wouldn't happen again. He struck out 11 in a complete-game effort while silencing Lakeside's lineup in a 5-1 road win.
"As the game was going on, I started loosening up," said Boatright, a Middle Georgia College recruit. "Whenever I started to lose control, coach (Gerald Barnes) would come and settle me down."
It was the second start of the year for Boatright, who had experienced some pain in his back earlier this season.
He showed no signs of rust, giving up only two hits while throwing 105 pitches over seven innings. He mixed in an effective slider with a fastball that gained velocity as the night wore on.
A four-run third inning proved to be the difference for Westside (5-2).
With the Patriots leading 1-0, Boatright led off by reaching on an error, and Henry Rowland followed with a single.
Jonathan Wilson bunted back to starting pitcher Dalton Chassereau, who decided to fire to third but threw wide of third baseman Jon Zumbro. It allowed Boatright to score.
Price Dodd singled to right, loading the bases before Forest O'Quinn scored Rowland on a sacrifice fly to right. Ryan Midla then perfectly executed a suicide squeeze, bunting for a single and scoring Wilson.
Conner Doyle capped the inning with an RBI double that scored Dodd. It was one of three hits and two RBI for Doyle, who belted the ball in each of his four at-bats.
That the deciding inning started with an error -- one of four for Lakeside to Westside's three -- irked coach T.J. Davis.
"We gave up a few things, made a couple errors, and Boatright pitched real well," he said. "He held us down.
"We kind of hurt ourselves," Davis added. "We're a team that can't put ourselves in that kind of situation."
The nonregion loss broke a three-game winning streak for Lakeside (3-4). The Panthers had to reload this season after graduating eight of nine starters from last year's squad, which advanced to the Class AAAA state finals.
Lakeside got its lone run in the fifth inning on a pinch-hit double by Zach Banks just inside the third base bag. It scored Daniel Anderson, who had walked with one out.
Boatright walked five on the night but finished strong. He struck out the final batter looking to finish with at least one strikeout in every inning.
For Lakeside, Jacob Wright relieved Chassereau with two men on in the fourth inning.
He quickly stranded both and didn't allow a run while pitching the final four innings. He allowed just two hits.