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North Lake bats come alive but defense and pitching costs them in double header vs. Bonanza

North Lake High School dropped both games of a double header to Bonanza on Saturday, April 26, but showed great progress, particularly at the plate.

NLHS Coach Nathan Young was pleased to see an offensive explosion, noting progress of players while having faced some very difficult pitching so far on the year.

“They’ve been working on their bats and it is finally starting to get into a rhythm,” said Young.

The first game of the double header had the Cowboys right in it, but dropped the game 9-5 due to several errors resulting in runs. Young said that fielding is improving, but the errors that did occur in game one proved to be the difference. Cameron McCord had three hits in the game, while Nathan Gilbert and Matt Henkel added to the offensive output with two hits each.

Game two of the Bonanza double header had NLHS hopeful of snagging a victory at home, carrying a 7-2 lead into the third inning, but things fell apart. Bonanza scored eight runs in the third inning, four more runs in the fourth, and six runs in the fifth, pulling away from North Lake to a final score of 20-10.

The cause of the collapse was due to pitching according to Young, NLHS fielding four pitchers on staff, two of which were used in game one, including the game two starter. After two innings the starter’s arm was shot, and the remaining unused arms couldn’t slow Bonanza’s attack.

“We ran out of arms,” Coach Young put it simply.

While the two losses are tough to pile onto what has been a year of growing pains, improvements in fielding and hitting have the coaching staff hopeful on the year as student-athletes continue to work hard and progress in their skills.

NLHS hosted Burns’ junior varsity team on Tuesday, April 29, in a make-up game from one that had to be rescheduled earlier in the year, and will host Prospect at North Lake High School on Friday, May 2.

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