The Lakewood baseball team matched up with the Burlington Edison Tigers on their brand-new home field on April 10.
The Cougars got off to a strong start as they shutdown the Tigers in the top of the first and took control of the lead with one run in the bottom of the same inning. Lakewood’s lead was short-lived as Burlington Edison took control of the next three innings. From the second through the fourth inning, the Tigers did not allow a single run and put up eight runs of their own to secure an 8-1 lead.
Lakewood began to inch their way back into the game as they scored three more runs over the next three innings. The Cougars kept Burlington Edison from adding more to the scoreboard as they entered the seventh inning down by a decreasing margin of 8-4. Unfortunately for the Cougars, the Tigers had a huge 10-run seventh inning and walked away with the 18-4 victory.
“We put some people in that haven’t been in for a while and they came out to play. We just need to take care of the baseball and make sure that we start putting the ball in play. As long as we start throwing strikes and limiting the free bases, I think the wins will come,” said first-year Lakewood Head Coach Evan Howard.
Lakewood’s big contributors were their junior duo of Garrett Davis and Riley Krueger. Davis, pitcher and shortstop, started on the mound as he pitched the first three and a half innings. However, Garrett made his biggest impact from the plate with two hits, two runs, four stolen bases, one single and one double. Krueger, infielder, also had two hits as well as one walk, one run, an RBI, a stolen base and two singles.
The Cougars also had big play from their young sophomore class including Kaiden Crow, Carson Chrisman and Colton Dunc. Crow, pitcher and first baseman, earned three strikeouts over three innings as a reliever as well as tallying one hit, an RBI and one single. Chrisman, infielder, also had one hit with one run, one stolen base and a single. Dunc, outfielder, earned the most hits out of the class with two singles, one run, an RBI and one stolen base.
“The goal is always to win but I also want us to grow as a team and to realize that we’re not the old Lakewood. We’re not the team that’s going to win one or two games a year. The biggest thing is to make them believe in themselves and have them come back every year knowing they can win games,” said Coach Howard.
If you want to support the Cougars their next home stand will be against the Lynden Lions on Friday, April 19, at 4 p.m.