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Peden, Shoffit earn end of season honors

The Florida Collegiate Summer League season came to a close on Sunday, August 6, at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg. While the Lightning were unsuccessful in their postseason endevours, two Bolts represented Leesburg well and earned some end-of-the-year hardware. Drew Peden, a three-year veteran and reliever, took home his second-straight Top Reliever of the Year Award. Emily Shoffit, team journalism intern, recieved Journalism Intern of the Year.

Peden, a 6 foot side-arm pitcher from Florida Atlantic University, boasted a 3-1 record through 14 games and 21 innings this season. He held oppoonents to a .181 average at the plate while commanding a 0.86 ERA and 26 strikeouts.

The rising senior also reset the Florida League's record books and sits as the league's all-time record holder for appearences (57) and saves (20). Peden was named an All-Star for the North team all three years of his career.

Shoffit, a recent graduate from Auburn University, saught to put her Sports...


 A rocky start and slow bats wouldn’t push the Leesburg Lightning (19-19-1) to victory and further into the playoffs on Tuesday night. The Winter Garden Squeeze (16-21) walked away with a 9-4 win at Pat Thomas Stadium.

The Squeeze took advantage of Lightning ace Michael Johnson early in the contest, plating one in the first on a wild pitch and grabbing a 7-0 lead on a six-run inning in the top of the third.

Dominic Jeancola replaced Johnson, who went 2.1 innings with eight hits, seven runs and two strikeouts, in the top of the third.

Leesburg responded in the bottom of the inning thanks to a leadoff home run from Tucker Rayburn to cut into the Squeeze lead. Kevin Lambert followed with a double and Alex Ray singled and advanced to second with head’s up base running. Both were brought home on an error by Winter Garden’s third baseman for a 7-4 ballgame.

Jeancola had his longest out of the season with 4.2 innings of incredible relief to keep the Bolts in the game with three hits,...


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Lightning season ends in Tuesday night loss to Squeeze

Top notch defense and working bats ended in a heartbreaker for the Leesburg Lightning (19-19-1) as the fell on a walk-off home run to the Altamonte Springs Scorpions (19-17-1) on Saturday night at Conrad Park.

The Scorpions took the lead on a sacrifice fly to left for a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second. Leesburg responded in the top of the fifth thanks to a fielder’s choice on Tucker Rayburn to tie it up 1-1.

Tyler Parry dealt six innings from the bump with six hits, two runs and three strikeouts. A throwing error in the top of the sixth plated Mick Tinny for a Lightning lead but Altamonte quickly responded with an RBI single in the bottom of the inning for a 2-2 ballgame.

Josh Wilson relieved Parry in the top of the seventh for an inning’s work with two hits, no runs and a strikeout.

Big hits started off each inning but ultimately double plays and missed contact doomed the Lightning, stranding

Daniel Pierce closed the game with two innings, one hit, one run and three...


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Late inning heartbreaker pushes Altamonte over Bolts

Leesburg trumps Altamonte with mid-game rally

The Leesburg Lightning (19-18-1) powered past the Altamonte Springs Scorpions (18-17-1) thanks to a mid-game rally that gave the Bolts the confidence they needed to secure a 9-6 win at Pat Thomas Stadium on Friday night.

Assistant coach Doug Teegarden served as head coach for the night as Rich Billings was home with family after welcoming a his first born into the world in the morning.

An error in the second and two singles in the third put the Scorpions up 3-0 before Leesburg responded with a Cage Cox double for a 3-1 score.

Tucker Smith started for the Lightning with a five inning, nine hit outing that saw six runs.

The Scorpions added to their lead with a double and a single in the fourth and a single in the fifth for a 6-1 ballgame.

Tristen Gagan supplied the turning point when he rocketed a fastball over left field to cut the five run deficit in half with a 6-3 score.

“After my first, I only saw one pitch and it was a curveball so I knew they weren’t going to come at me...


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Leesburg trumps Altamonte with mid-game rally

Dawgs power past Lightning

The Leesburg Lightning (18-18-1) found no success at the plate and struggled in the field as the fell to the Winter Park Diamond Dawgs (18-16-1) in six innings after being run-ruled 16-2 on Thursday night.

Winter Park plated four in the first inning on a single and double for a 4-0 lead.

Kevin Lambert was the first run for Leesburg as he knocked a double down the left field line and was plated by Jay Prather to cut into the Dawgs lead 4-1. Winter Park extended their lead in the third with a single and the fourth after a three-run home run put them up 7-1.

Lightning starter Austin Wood went four innings with 10 hits, four earned runs and four strikeouts. Daniel Pierce replaced him for 1.1 innings of work and had five hits with four runs and one strikeout.

Benjamin Berggren entered in the sixth and made no outs with two hits, three runs and two walks.

A triple, double and series of singles put the Dawgs up 15-1 in the sixth. Dominic Jeancola took over for Berggren and helped...


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River Rats 30 12 0.714 ---
Scorpions 19 17 0.528 8
Diamond Dawgs 19 18 0.514 8.5
Lightning 19 20 0.487 9.5
Squeeze 17 21 0.447 11
Suns 11 27 0.289 17


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Batting Leaders

C Cox
Name AVG
Cox 0.286
Lambert 0.283
Faulkner 0.234
Gagan 0.234
T Gagan
Name HR
Gagan 3
Cox 2
Rayburn 2
Faulkner 1
T Gagan
Name RBI
Gagan 21
Cox 18
Koenig 15
Rayburn 11
C Cox
Name SB
Cox 7
Faulkner 7
Prather 6
Koenig 4

Pitching Leaders

D Jeancola
Name ERA
Jeancola 1.83
Johnson 2.83
Ruff 3.66
Wilson 4.22
T Smith
Name W
Smith 4
Johnson 3
Parry 3
Peden 3
J Wilson
Name K
Wilson 33
Jeancola 32
Ruff 30
Bergtholdt 28
D Jeancola
Jeancola 0.90
Peden 0.90
Burgess 1.11
Johnson 1.13