When Tyler Williams’ connection went up the middle to bring home a run in the bottom of the third, Lakeside had finally broken through against Burke County.
After getting shut out in the Panthers’ game against Burke County last week, Lakeside got the crucial hits it needed and much more in a 8-1 home win in five innings against the Bears on Tuesday night. Play was stopped as lightning reached the area; the game was called not much later as rain fell steadily.
“We actually had runners in scoring position the first time,” Lakeside coach Jay Matthews said about his team’s 5-0 loss last Thursday. “We just couldn’t get any to fall in.”
But those missed opportunities weren’t repeated Tuesday. After Burke County scored the first run, the Panthers (4-1) cruised behind six RBI hits.
Williams had two of them, with his second making it 6-1 in the bottom of the fourth.
Tanner Brassell also drove in two and added a walk to reach base all three times he batted.
Brassell’s first single of the game drove in the second of three runs in the third. His second came during the five-run fourth inning, where the first six batters reached safely.
That string of success forced Bears starter C.J. Tidwell out of the game, as the pitcher allowed the initial two to get on base in the fourth. The second got on after an error, as Stephen Hutto put down a bunt to advance the runner. But Tidwell’s throw was high and led to trouble. Instead of one on and one out and 3-1, the Panthers had runners on second and third with no out.
All of that supported Lakeside pitcher Peyton Jones, who gave up only one run on four hits. He also had five strikeouts, with two of those coming in his final inning.
Lakeside then had a chance to score more runs in the fifth with a one-out double, but play was halted.
“It wasn’t a question of if it’s going to rain, it was when,” Matthews said.