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  • Lakers fall to 1-3 on the season with 6-4 loss to Smith-Cotton

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  • Camdenton, Mo. – Camdenton's season has taken a sharp turn already, as every game this season has started with the Lakers giving up an early lead.
    The slow starts have been the Lakers' M.O. so far, and it was no different in their Tuesday night game against Sedalia Smith-Cotton, as the Lakers gave up three runs in the first three innings, one per inning. The runs in the second and third innings both came on plays involving Camdenton fielding errors.
    By the end of the third inning, both teams had four hits in the game.
    Camdenton also had two errors on the board.
    But also true to form, the Lakers began to mount a comeback later in the game, scoring two runs in the bottom of the fourth to make it 3-2.
    The steady pace of the Tigers, however, continued, scoring another run in each of the final three innings, giving Smith-Cotton a 6-2 lead. It all started off with a home run by Smith-Cotton's Cody Kozak, sailing just past the fence in left field.
    Camdenton looked to rally in the bottom of the seventh, and it all started with a single by Bryan Hoffman.
    After John McRoberts singled, Tyler Cunningham approached the plate with runners on first and second.
    Cunningham's hit flew deep to right field for a double, as Hoffman and McRoberts scored to make it a 6-4 game.
    Jake Decker managed a single with a hit to second base, leaving a runner on first and second as Jordan Webster came to bat.
    Webster's hit to centerfield flew high, but Smith-Cotton's defense was ready, making the catch.
    Haiden Randall struck out next, and Jake Lippert's hit flew to first base for the third out, with Smith-Cotton winning 6-4.
    Jordan Webster started from the mound for the Lakers, and had 18 first pitch strikes in his five innings, but it was his reliever, Austin Stamper, who led the Lakers with 2 strikeouts in two innings.
    John McRoberts and Tyler Cunningham both finished the game with 2 RBI's each, with McRoberts finishing with two hits. Brady Kempf and Haiden Randall both also finished with two hits for the Lakers, who actually beat Smith-Cotton on the hit-count, 10-9.
    After Camdenton's first game, just four days before the loss to Sedalia, Coach Matt Moulder had expressed to his team that if they kept digging these holes early on, it would eventually catch up with them.
    It seems as if it has, as the Lakers are now 1-3 on the season.
    Their next chance to change that begins Friday night, as the Lakers host their annual wood bat tournament this weekend. Their next regular season game is on Thursday, April 3 as they host Bolivar.

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