Lakeview’s baseball team took the field twice this past week, their most recent game coming in the form of a 10-5 home win on Friday, April 5. The Honkers played host to the Henley Hornets. Henley does not have a varsity team, so its junior varsity squad went to bat against the Honkers, but came up short.
From the first pitch on, the game looked like it would be a high-scoring affair, with the Hornets scoring 1 run in the first inning, and the Honkers responding with 2 of their own. Freshman pitcher Landen Lampman opened the 2nd inning with 2 strikeouts, only to accidentally walk the next batter by hitting him with a wild pitch that got away from the young pitcher.
Both teams went scoreless in the second and third innings, but that changed in the fourth. The Honkers’ defense struggled in that inning, allowing 2 runs and relenting the lead to the Hornets, who were up 3-2 on the scoreboard by inning’s end. Lampman finished with 3 strikeouts in as many innings before being replaced by senior Murphy Cockrell, who helped right the ship and get the defense off the field for a much-needed breather.
Eventually, though, the Honkers took control of the game and went on to win handily. The 5th inning saw Lakeview break the game open as they scored 7 unanswered runs and cruised the rest of the way. Cockrell’s stellar play on both sides of the field propelled the team to victory. He went 3-3, had 1 RBI, and scored 2 runs. Lampman wasn’t far behind with 1 RBI and 2 runs of his own.
Head coach Sean Radford was pleased with his team’s efforts.
“I loved the way our kids responded after a rough doubleheader in Bonanza,” he said.