WHITE PINE – Lakeway Christian took advantage of Cherokee miscues in their non-conference baseball game Friday night and that allowed them to prevail 8-3 at Joey Seaver Stadium.
The Chiefs actually out-hit the Lions but Cherokee struggled with four errors and seven walks and LCA head coach Chuck Hargis said that was something his team capitalized on in the victory. “We didn’t swing it well but we put it in play when we needed to with some sac-flies. We took advantage of the walks and while we didn’t hit it very well, we pitched and played good defense enough to win.”
“Walks and errors will get you every time,” Chiefs’ head coach Todd Pait said. “Lakeway is a very well-coached team and they are not going to beat themselves. They made routine plays and that is something we have to get better at. We are young and when you are young, you are going to make mistakes like that and it’s just part of the growing pains. We will get there. We hit the ball well and that was something we worked on and now we have to go back and work on other stuff. It’s like if you stick your finger in one hole, another leak pops up. We just have to get better.”
The Lions jumped on top 3-0 in the first inning when Naylen Turner walked and later came home on a wild pitch, Camden Hargis was batted in by Connor McFadyen and Kyle Compton scored when Matthew Carter reached on a fielder choice. Cherokee pulled to within one run when they plated a pair in the third. Parker Bailey reached on a LCA error and Peyton Bledsoe walked. Cole Putnal’s sac fly produced a run and Trent Price doubled for an RBI to make it 3-2.
Lakeway added another run in the third when J.J. Johnson reached on an error and the Lions’ catcher was replaced on the base pads by pinch-runner Bryson Griffin. He stole second and then came around to score on Carson Shockley’s single. Nate McFadyen walked to begin the bottom of the fourth and scored on Hargis’ single. Cherokee scored their final run of the contest in the fifth when Matt Newton singled and came home on Putnal’s single.
Connor McFadyen smacked a triple in the fifth and scored on Shockley’s RBI double. Lakeway capped the scoring with two runs in the six. Eli Brigss scored from third on a wild pitch and Hargis’ sacrifice fly to left allowed Turner to reach home safely in the 8-3 victory.