Lakeside baseball coach Bob Gray said he’s had plenty of huddles in left field that were different than Thursday’s grouping.
The Warriors had fallen behind before in games, but this time, they slogged through the mud to score four runs in the last two innings of a 4-2 win at Calvary.
“It leaves me speechless, this group of kids works hard and does what we ask them to do,” Gray said. “We’ve been here a thousand times, and it’s always been out of our reach.
“But tonight, things fell in our favor.”
Calvary pitcher Jake Krews shut out Lakeside in the first five innings, but the Warriors scratched across two runs in the sixth and seventh innings for a 2-0 start in District 1-2A play.
After a throwing error and a Thomas Lambert double that barely escaped the center fielder’s glove, Luke Griffith tied the game by scoring on a fielding error.
Cameron Gray drove home Thomas with a line out RBI to grab a 2-1 lead.
In Lakeside’s half of the seventh inning, a Coulson White leadoff double chased Krews and brought in Glover.
A called balk scored White, and four batters later, Calvary’s third error scored Cameron Corely.
Corely picked up the win by recording all but the last two outs, which Griffith came in to do.
Calvary had life in the seventh inning with two walks sandwiching a sacrifice bunt, and a Griffith balk moved the runners to second and third.
A Logan Ray groundout scored Garrett Kochakian to cut the deficit to 4-2, but Griffith stranded one runner in scoring position for the save.
Calvary struck in the first inning when a deep Krews single to right field scored Nick Adcock, who reached in the previous at-bat with a two-out single of his own.
But a steady Corley allowed just three other hits in his 6 1/3 innings.
“I just got comfortable, and I knew I couldn’t overthrow it,” Corely. “I just threw strikes.
“I think we’re a lot closer as a team after having early success then going through a rough patch. We know what we have to do to start winning games and scoring runs.”
Both sides made several clutch defensive plays despite the muddy conditions before Calvary made three errors in the final two innings.
The Cavaliers drop to 7-11 and 2-1 in the district after they started 1-2A play with two big wins against North Caddo.
Lakeside has now won three games in a row and improved to 11-6 and 2-0 in district.