In one of the most heartbreaking afternoons of the season, the North Lake Cowboys lost both games of a doubleheader on Saturday, April 20, against Bonanza. The Cowboys, fresh off a surprising home-win against Lakeview, showed up ready to play against Bonanza, only to fall flat in the final innings, 8-7.
North Lake played solid defense to start, led by the strong arm of pitcher David Ward, who had 11 strikeouts on the day. Bonanza scored first, but North Lake wasn’t far behind, scoring on a stolen run at home base by senior Andrew Miles, who has been one of North Lake’s most consistent hitters all season. The Cowboys managed to finally snag the lead with a well played 4-run fifth inning and looked it was going to cruise to a much-needed win.
Then the sixth inning happened and the Antlers ripped off 6 runs to take the lead and never let it go. Assistant coach Nate Young credited the Antlers for their clutch play.
“They got some timely hits when they needed them,” he said. “We played one of our best games all year, but their hits came at the right time.”
After losing the first game, Young said the boys looked shell-shocked in their second game. They couldn’t bounce back mentally from the tough, heartbreaking loss, and the score showed it, as the Antlers ripped into the Cowboys, 17-3.
“The guys were just mentally devastated,” said Young.