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Updated: 04/30/2014 08:48:03AM

Miscues short circuit Highlanders baseball season

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PHOTO BY ROBERT BLANCHARD

Lake Wales' Russell Klingler comes in hard at the plate to score for the Highlanders.

PHOTO BY ROBERT BLANCHARD

Bryce Hulett leaps for the ball as Trenton Gantt of Winter Haven runs towards first. Gantt was out on the play.

PHOTO BY ROBERT BLANCHARD

Bryce Hulett steps up to the plate for the Highlanders in Tuesday's District playoff at Winter Haven High School.

PHOTO BY ROBERT BLANCHARD

Lake Wales Brian Larr kicks up dust as he slides into third base. Winter Haven's Luis Morales missed the throw and Larr eventually scored on the play.

PHOTO BY ROBERT BLANCHARD

D.J. Irvis taunts the Winter Haven pitcher as he takes a big lead off 1st.

PHOTO BY ROBERT BLANCHARD

The Highlanders opt to change pitchers late in the game. Ryan Klingler steps in for Russell Klingler during the 6th inning in Tuesday's game at Winter Haven High School.

By BRIAN ACKLEY

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It all started well for the Lake Wales Highlander baseball team last week.

Facing rival Winter Haven, on the road, in a district semi-final playoff matchup, the Highlanders saw five of their first six batters reach first base. But Lake Wales managed just two runs, stranding three additional would be run scorers on a fly-out and ground out with the bases loaded.

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