Camdenton, Mo. – There seems to be a trend for the Lakers this season on the baseball diamond, and that trend is to fall behind earlier in the game, then hit their stride with a late rally.
The problem this season is they haven't finished the games, dropping six of their nine games this season, five of the losses decided by two runs or less.
The latest of these losses came on Monday night, as the Helias Crusaders came to town, knocking off the Lakers with a 3-2 win.
Scoreless throughout the first four innings, Helias scored two runs in the top of the fifth to take the first lead of the game. Alex Barton's hit to right field sent in the first run on a double, and Brock Gerstner's hit to centerfield allowed Barton to score the second run.
The Lakers managed to get out of the inning without any more runs, but failed to answer in the bottom of the fifth, as their first three batters all hit the ball into the waiting gloves of the Crusaders' defense.
After walking Helias' Chase Bexten to start the sixth, Jordan Webster recovered by striking out Garrett Buschjost. Todd Buschjost's hit on the next pitch sailed deep into left field, but Jake Decker was there to make the play. The final out came as Tristan Starkey swept his glove to the ground to make the catch before the ball hit the dirt at shortstop, sending the Lakers back to the plate.
Brady Kempf came up as the leadoff hitter in the bottom of the sixth, and singled with a low hit to the hole between second and first base.
Bryan Hoffman struck out swinging next, followed by Tyler Cunningham, who was walked.
After five pitches, John McRoberts was walked with four balls and a strike, loading the bases with one out.
Jake Decker took the plate, and his short hit batted in two runs to tie the game, while one runner was tagged out.
A hit by Jordan Webster floated out to first base, where the third and final out was made.
Tied 2-2, Helias looked to score in the top of the seventh as Camdenton pulled Webster from the mound to put in freshman Austin Stamper, and a single by Matt Blankenship got it all started.
On the next play, Alex Barton's hit rolled to first base, where Tyler Cunningham dived for the ball before turning and tossing the ball to Stamper at first, tagging the bag to make the play.
With a runner on third base and one out, Helias' runner made a play for home, and was caught in a squeeze between third and home, but a throw from the catcher escaped Hoffman's glove, and Helias scored what would prove to be the game-winning run.
Camdenton couldn't get the ball down in the bottom of the seventh, as Alex Lowther started the Lakers off with a single. Each at bat after that resulted in an out, ending the game with a 3-2 loss to the Crusaders.
Jordan Webster worked the mound for the Lakers through the first six innings, striking out four. For Helias, Austin Sachse threw out five in 5.1 innings. In relief, Camdenton's Austin Stamper struck out one in his one inning.
Helias finished with five hits in the game, while Camdenton recorded four.
Camdenton's next game came on Tuesday night, as the Lakers took on Springfield's Glendale on the road. The end result was a 4-2 loss for Camdenton.
3/22 Blair Oaks L, 11-0
3/22 Eugene W, 6-5
3/24 Eldon L, 10-9
3/25 Smith-Cotton L, 6-4
3/28 East Carter L, 7-5
3/29 Battle L, 3-1
3/29 Warsaw W, 7-1
4/5 West Plains W, 8-5
4/7 Helias L, 3-2
4/8 Glendale L, 4-2
Prep Roundup: Tigers fall to Russellville, Mustangs downed by Linn
The Versailles Tigers' slide from .500 continued on Monday night, as the Tigers took a 7-2 loss to Russellville on the chin to advance to a 2-5 record.
After tying the game at 1-1 in the bottom of the first, the Tigers came back in the second inning to take a one-run lead.
It lasted through the third inning, but Russellville had other thoughts in the top of the fourth, driving in four runs to take a 5-2 lead. Two more runs in the fifth made it 7-2, and it stayed that way through the remainder of the game.
Pitching for the Indians was Austin Thompson, who finished the night with 8 strikeouts. For Versailles, Brendan Owsley finished with three strikeouts in his six-and-a-quarter innings.
Dalton York finished with an RBI for the Tigers, but it was Russellville's Clayton Thompson who led the Indians to victory with two RBI's.
The Eldon Mustangs move to 2-5 on the season after a 7-5 loss to the Linn Wildcats on Monday night.