Panthers tee off on county rival

LAKESIDE 14, EVANS 2

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Lakeside baseball coaches and players haven't been shy about the team's goals this season.

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Lakeside's Jeffrey Stoner is hugged by a coach after hitting a home run against Evans in the first inning.  Jim Blaylock/Staff
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Lakeside's Jeffrey Stoner is hugged by a coach after hitting a home run against Evans in the first inning.

The Panthers want to advance as far as they did a season ago and then farther.

First they must defend the Region 3-AAAA title. The Panthers began their region schedule Wednesday by defeating Evans, 14-2 after six innings on the road.

The teams finished 1-2 in the region a season ago and both advanced to the Class AAAA quarterfinals.

Lakeside's long-term sights are on the state semifinals. Its focus Wednesday appeared to be just beyond Evans' right-field fence.

Panthers batters cranked four home runs in the first three innings Wednesday to spur the romp.

"We just hit the ball well, saw the ball well," said Kody Belcher, who hit one of the Panthers' home runs.

Evans won the first meeting between the teams in 2009. Lakeside overcame its slow start to win the title.

The Panthers (5-0) beat rival Greenbrier to open the season and swept their two opponents at the Knights' Diamond Day games this past weekend.

Panthers senior Zach Hayden launched two home runs his first two at-bats. The first was a solo shot off the scoreboard in the first that followed a two-run shot from Jeffrey Stoner. Hayden and Belcher homered off Matt Blume in the third.

Michael Farr replaced Blume after the Panthers scored three more during the third. Evans intentionally walked Hayden. And Farr struck out the first three batters he faced. It would take another couple innings for the Panthers to tee off again. They strung five consecutive hits in the sixth and their first six batters reached safely during the inning.

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Riverman1
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Riverman1 03/04/10 - 05:00 am
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Let's see we've been hearing

Let's see we've been hearing how Greenbrier was going to win their 5A region (that one still makes me smile) and then how loaded Evans was this year. Lakeside was once again taken for granted as they were last year. But, my goodness, they beat Evans on the road with the 10 run rule. LHS is by far the class of the CSRA.

mattg
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mattg 03/04/10 - 09:37 am
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evans just had a bad game

evans just had a bad game they will bounce back. just be ready next time yall play

davee
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davee 03/04/10 - 09:38 am
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How many state championships

How many state championships has lakeside won?

db16
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db16 03/04/10 - 09:44 am
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The irony of this story...The

The irony of this story...The score isn't even correct and it was part of the headline. The Final Score was Lakeside 14 Evans 2.

Sean Moores
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Sean Moores 03/04/10 - 10:26 am
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Thanks db16

Thanks db16

db16
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db16 03/04/10 - 12:07 pm
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Thank you for the updated

Thank you for the updated score. Trying to get Lakeside out from the shadow of Greenbrier and Evans

Pops
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Pops 03/04/10 - 04:19 pm
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Step Step Step Step

Step Step Step Step SITDOWN.................

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