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Streaks down Dragons

LAKE PLACID - The first 10 Sebring batters reached base and scored against Lake Placid as the Blue Streaks cruised to a 13-3 win over their county rival Green Dragons on Tuesday night.

The win improved Class 5A Sebring to 4-1 on the season, while the loss dropped the Class 4A Green Dragons to 0-7.

"We did a good job," said first-year Sebring coach Jasone DeWitt. "They were focused from the beginning, put some runs up and we got everybody in tonight that needed to get some AB's for the future down the road.

"We're going to need everybody on our roster sometime during the year to come up big for us and tonight was good to give them some chances."

Sebring sent a total of 15 batters to the plate in the first inning as Jordan Austin and Cullen Lovett led off the inning with solid singles against Lake Placid starter Justin LaRosa.

James Peck followed with a drive to the 351-foot sign in left-center field for a double to drive in Austin for the first run of the game.

Walks to Seth Cannady and Matt Portis loaded the bases and LaRosa walked in the second run of the inning as Lovett crossed the plate.

Josh Crouch hit a hard ground ball to third base that the fielder was unable to handle that allowed two more runs to score.

David DeGenaro singled to load the bases, which was followed by another free pass to bring in the fifth run.

Lake Placid changed pitchers, but that did not slow the Blue Streak onslaught as Ty Little singled into left field to drive in another run and Austin walked to force in a run.

Lake Placid relief pitcher Justin Mason struck out Lovett to get the first out of the inning. Peck hit a line drive into center field for the second out, but was deep enough to score the eighth run.

Another error loaded the bases for Sebring as Portis capped off the scoring in the first with a two-run single into left field to give Sebring a commanding 10-0 lead.

Lake Placid scored once in the bottom of the first after Tyler Carr lined a double into right field and advance to third on a single by Laine Daum.

Carr scored on a passed ball to make the score 10-1.

The Blue Streaks increased their lead to 13-1 in the second inning, scoring all three runs with two outs.

Lovett singled into right-center field, Peck smoked a double down the left-field line and Cannady singled into left field as each drove in a run.

Lake Placid threatened in the bottom of the second with runners on second and third and one out, but couldn't capitalize as the score remained 13-1 after two innings.

Lake Placid held Sebring scoreless over the next three innings while scoring twice in the bottom of the third.

Alex Miller led off the third for the Green Dragons reaching base after being hit by a pitch. Carr garnered his second hit of the game with a single into right.

With one out, Jacob Cram singled into center field to load the bases. Miller scored on a fielder's choice hit to the shortstop by Mason and Cram later scored on a passed ball to make the score 13-3.

Neither team scored in the fourth or fifth innings and the game ended on the 10-run mercy rule.

"It was just an old fashion whooping," said Lake Placid coach DW Daum. "They hit the ball, you can't take nothing away from Sebring. They are going to be a force to be reckoned with over the next couple of years."

Despite the loss, Daum noted that they were thin on pitching due to the number of games recently played and that he used pitchers that normally pitch sporadically an inning here or there.

With that he praised the effort by Paul Cantwell, who pitched two scoreless innings.

He also praised his team as a whole for not quitting or giving up themselves.

"It's tough when you spot someone ten runs in the first inning," said Daum. "It's a big hill to climb. Honestly, we played better in this loss than some games that we only lost by one. We had more base hits tonight than any other game, we are starting to get that underway, we just got to get the base running errors out of the way."

Sebring stands on the other side of the fence with a plethora of players which allows them to adjust their lineup as needed to start the season.

"We have not had a set lineup so far this year," said DeWitt. "We are just trying to give the guys as much experience as we can against good teams."

DeWitt indicated that they have confidence in every guy who has made the Blue Streak roster.

"They can come out and compete against any team we play," said DeWitt. "Whether it's as a starter or coming into the game later as a role player."

Lake Placid will seek its first win on the road against the DeSoto Bulldogs on Friday.

Sebring will host Haines City tonight and Berkeley Prep on Friday night at Firemen's Field.