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Baseball: LFO claws past Heritage

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The Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe baseball team earned its third win of the season on Friday, March 15 by defeating Heritage 3-2.

LFO had two hits one day following a one-run loss to Ringgold. The visiting Generals accumulated eight hits, but were victimized by five errors.

Warriors' head coach Johnny Burch said it was the first time his team had won in an "error battle."

"We scratched and clawed and still won a tight ball game," he said. "That's the kind of team we have to be. Even though he was out of position, we moved a senior over to shortstop to kind of help solidify the position while we're waiting on our shortstop to get back from an injury.

Burch said he was most proud of his team for not rolling over late In the game.

"We still had a couple of chances late with some errors," he said. "We could have folded up. But I think we grew a little tonight because we didn't. Instead of laying down, we took the horns and grabbed the victory."

Noah Hill lead off with a double to start the game for Heritage off starter Dusty Melford, who went the distance for LFO to get the win. He scored on single by cleanup hitter Lee Gibson.

LFO went ahead 2-1 in the bottom of the second inning by scoring two runs after the Heritage second baseman threw away a ball at first base on what would have been the third out.

The Warriors extended the lead to 3-1 in the bottom of the third on a solo homer by Trey Silmon.

Heritage put up a fight in their final at bat, but was only able to push across one run.

Seth Hickman got the rally started with a double to the centerfield fence. He moved to third base on a ground ball hit by Ryan Parker, and scored when the catcher threw away the ball on a play with runners on first and third base.

The game ended when Colby Chattin hit a line drive to third base to end inning.

Burch said Heritage's record was no indication of how good the Generals can be.

"I think at the end they're going to be right there," he said. "I think they're one of the better ball clubs we've played. It bounces that way. It easily could have gone the other way. They had a line drive, near double down (the line) to end the game. It hits the glove right there, and the game is over in our favor. If it doesn't, the game is over in their favor. It's a game of inches."