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Updated: 04/24/2014 03:12:07PM

Late rally keeps Highlander district hopes alive

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PHOTO BY ROBERT BLANCHARD

Auburndale's Michael Gervase pitches one over the plate to Highlander Seddon Henry in Monday's District Playoff at Lake Wales High School. It was the opening round of the Class 6A, Region 8 district baseball players, and the Highlanders advanced with a 7-2 win. They met Winter Haven on Tuesday night, a game too late for News deadlines.

PHOTO BY ROBERT BLANCHARD

Auburndale's Lane Davis dives for the safety of the base as Lake Wales hosts Auburndale at Monday's district playoff at Lake Wales High School. Lake Wales broke out on top with a run in the bottom of the second, but the visitor's countered with two in the fourth. It stayed that way until the Highlanders erupted for six runs in the bottom of the sixth.

PHOTO BY ROBERT BLANCHARD

Highlander Bryan Roecker takes a swing at a fastball in Monday's district playoffs between the Lake Wales Highlanders and the Auburndale Bloodhounds. The Highlanders trailed 2-1 going into the sixth inning but erupted for six runs, keyed in large part by a bases-loaded single from Ryan Klingler and a triple from his brother, Russell.

PHOTO BY ROBERT BLANCHARD

Lake Wales pitcher Bryan Roecker stretches for the catch whole he covers first base as Auburndale's Kyle Panico tries to dive back to the bag. Roecker was strong on the hill, going the distance in getting the win, allowing just four hits and getting eight strikeouts. The win improved Lake Wales to 13-13 on the spring season.

PHOTO BY ROBERT BLANCHARD

Highlander Chase Tingle tries for a score on home plate but gets tagged out by Auburndale's Kenny Goff during playoff action Monday on Highlander Hill. Lake Wales won, 7-2, the third time they had beatned the Bloodhounds this season.

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