The Lake Placid Green Dragon varsity baseball team once again tasted defeat by only one run in a nailbiter of a game against the Mulberry Panthers by the score of 3-2 Tuesday evening, Feb. 18, in Mulberry.
The Panthers drew first blood in this one, scoring a run in the bottom of the first on a walk and a single. The Green Dragons came back to tie the game in the top of the third inning. Paul Cantwell doubled between second and shortstop, the ball heading through the gap into center field. Tyler Carr singled him home.
Mulberry added two more runs in the fourth on a single, a walk and a sacrifice.
Nevertheless, Lake Placid battled back in the top of the seventh and nearly tied the game again. Cantwell reached on an error by the Panther shortstop and promptly took second. Tyler Carr flied to left field and the Mulberry outfielder obligingly bobbled the ball which sent Cantwell home. While Carr was put out on the basepaths, Laine Daum walked and moved around to second. Justin Mason singled but Daum was cut down enroute to third base to end the game.
Jacob Cram pitched the first four innings for the Green Dragons, allowing three hits, striking out six and walking four. Mason came on in the fifth and allowed two hits, walked two and struck out one in his three innings of relief.
The Dragons were less fortunate and more error-prone in a 5-1 loss to the Avon Park Red Devils in a home game Friday night, Feb. 21. Scoreless until the seventh, the Dragons rode the crest of back-to-back doubles by Jacob Cram and Justin LaRosa to score once. Cram’s hit glanced off the fence, almost clearing the wall for a homer. LaRosa drove his to deep left center field.