SILVER LAKE, Ore. — The North Lake Cowboys used an early lead followed by Lakeview walks to earn a 7-3 non-league baseball victory on Thursday.
Lakeview hung tight through three innings, only trailing 2-1, but some timely hits combined with base on balls by Lakeview pitching allowed North Lake to put up four more runs in the bottom of the fourth.
Lakeview started freshman pitcher Landon Lampman and he pitched three solid innings before it all started unravel in the fourth. Up to that point, Lampman had five strikeouts, but also had five walks.
In the fourth, Lampman walked Cameron McCord and then gave up a single to Daniel Libolt. Lakeview coach Sean Radford made a pitching change, bringing in senior Murphy Cockrell. North Lake went on a hit parade after that, getting a hit in five of the next six at bats and plating four runs. Cockrell managed to compose himself and strike out three batters to retire the side.
Lakeview had many chances to get some runs on the board, but left a total of 12 runners on base. Coach Radford said that this is a young team and is in a bit of a negative groove right now and they just need to work themselves out of it. North Lake is more of a veteran team than Lakeview and they got the hits when they needed them and drove in the majority of their base runners today.
Lakeview baseball coach Sean Radford
Coach Radford said that he felt Cockrell was connecting on his at bats better and Cody Clemens was making good contact. Cockrell went 1 for 1 with two walks and a run scored. Jack Graham was 2 for 4 with a stolen base. For North Lake, David Ward went 2 for 3 with three RBI and three stolen bases. Brad Libolt hit 3 for 3 with two runs scored.