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  • Simpson pitches the save in 3-2 win over Marshfield

  • After a rain-filled weekend, the Lakers baseball team was anxious to return to the field and play ball. On Monday night, the team hosted the Marshfield Blue Jays, and after being tied for three innings, the Lakers emerged the winners with a 3-2 victory.
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  • After a rain-filled weekend, the Lakers baseball team was anxious to return to the field and play ball. On Monday night, the team hosted the Marshfield Blue Jays, and after being tied for three innings, the Lakers emerged the winners with a 3-2 victory.
    "It's great to get a win," Coach Matt Moulder said. "They're a very nice ball club. We hit the ball into some bad luck at some times, hitting right at them, but that's just the nature of baseball. Eventually, we were able to scratch at them enough to get a win."
    After a scoreless first two innings of defensive play, the Lakers finally managed to score two runs on a hit from John McRoberts in the bottom of the third.
    Marshfield came out with guns blazing in the top of the fourth, managing to plate two runners of their own to tie the game up at two runs each.
    Again, both teams found themselves unable to score.
    And with everything all tied up in the sixth, Camdenton managed to reel in the third out without allowing a run.
    In the bottom of the sixth, Dylan Hymes managed to get on base with a single to right field, and advanced to second after a sacrifice bunt from Jake Voorhees.
    Kyle Rizer, Camdenton's designated hitter for the night, was up next, and made contact for a single, giving the Lakers two runners on base. Brian Hoffman's bunt advanced the runners to second and third, but Hoffman was out before he could reach first.
    With two outs and two runners, Oliver Thompson headed to the plate. Marshfield's pitcher threw a wild pitch, giving Hymes enough time to steal home for the lead. Tristan Starkey followed him in, running in place of Rizer, but was tagged as he slid head-first into the plate for the third out.
    In the top of the seventh, the Lakers pulled Jordan Webster from the mound and sent in Cory Simpson. Clinging to a 3-2 lead, the Lakers quickly got their first out on a nice defensive play by Tristan Starkey, throwing out the runner at first. Simpson, however, proved to be the hero of the inning, striking out the next two batters for the win.
    "We're just trying to keep grinding," Moulder said. "We seem to get a couple guys out early, then struggle to get the third out. We gave Marshfield some opportunities, but it was nice to see Simpson come out and slam the door shut on them."
    John McRoberts led the Lakers with two RBI's, while Webster and Hymes both had a stolen base on the night. Webster pitched the first six innings, throwing 75 pitches for 48 strikes.
    The Lakers' week is nowhere near being done, however, as they are attempting to make up a number of games against some tough teams. After a Tuesday night road game at Joplin, they play Hillcrest on Thursday and hit the road again to visit Bolivar on Saturday.
    Page 2 of 2 - "It's busy, but everyone is in that boat right now," Moulder said. "It's going to require our pitchers to go deeper in ball-games and be as efficient as they can be. We just have to keep grinding it out, and hopefully, we can keep stringing together some wins."

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