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  • Lakers fall to 3-13 after back-to-back losses

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  • Camdenton, Mo. – Two back-to-back losses brings the Lakers' losing streak to eight straight losses this season, as the team stands at just three wins and thirteen losses this season.
    Three of the Lakers' losses this season were in shutouts, as Camdenton failed to score a single run. But nine of the thirteen losses were decided by two runs or less.
    In short, what became the Lakers' signature last season, those late inning rallies to comeback, have become their worst enemy.
    Tuesday night's game against Rolla saw the Lakers take a 1-0 lead after a run scored in the bottom of the first, but the Bulldogs answered with a little luck on their side in the top of the third.
    With two outs and a runner on second, it looked as if Camdenton could maintain their lead.
    But then a hit by Rolla's batter drove down the line to first, where it hit the base and popped up, allowing the runner to score and tie the game.
    Another hit on the next pitch put runners on third and first, which became runners on second and third after a stolen base.
    A miscommunication in the outfield left Jake Decker diving for a catch with three Lakers in the area, but as Decker hit the ground, the ball rolled out, allowing for two runs to score before the Lakers could escape the inning.
    Rolla led 3-1.
    The Bulldogs made it 4-1 with another run in the fifth, and exploded in the top of the sixth, scoring four runs for an 8-1 lead.
    After walking the first two batters, the Lakers picked up an out on a bunt. Another batter was walked, and with bases loaded, Jordan Webster was pulled from the mound, and freshman Austin Stamper was put in to pitch.
    Despite Stamper throwing well from the mound, Rolla managed to score two runs with one hit and two runs on another hit before Brady Kempf tagged out a runner in a rundown between first and second.
    Stamper regained his composure, and struck out the last batter with ease.
    The Lakers managed another run in the bottom of the sixth, but it was too little, too late, as Rolla finished out the game to win 8-2.
    The next night proved to be a rough one for the Lakers, and it all started with a delay of game as the two teams waited for umpires to arrive.
    Parkview got started off with a single, and advanced the runner with a sacrifice bunt on the next play. The runner tagged up on another hit to give the Vikings a 1-0 lead after half an inning.
    The Lakers' bats, however, did not get off to a good start, as the first three batters left the plate with one strikeout and two outs with direct hits to the awaiting gloves.
    Page 2 of 2 - In fact, despite the Lakers recording more hits (Camdenton had five, Parkview had four), they couldn't get a run in, while allowing two more runs to Parkview.
    The final score after seven innings: 3-0, the third time the Lakers have been shut out this season.
    It seems as if it's almost a rule that the Camdenton team excels in one aspect of the game and struggles in another each night, and it changes each time.
    But the real issue is that they haven't been able to string together enough hits to get runners to home for a score, and leave too many stranded on base.
    Whatever the case, the boys have still managed to remain positive, knowing that each new game is another chance to break the streak.
    And as districts are just weeks away, they know that it's not about how you play up to districts, but how you play in the tournament. The last seed can always battle back to play in the championship game.
    Unless you don't think history can repeat itself.

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