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06/28 7:00pm @ DeLand Suns

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The Leesburg Lightning (6-8) hosted the Winter Garden Squeeze (8-8) in a makeup game previously rained out earlier in the season. The bats from both squads battled back and forth with a ninth inning rally cut short for Leesburg as they dropped the game 8-6 on Sunday night.

“There were too many two strike hits, too many pitches left over the plate and [Parry] is a guy that’s got to pitch and he knows that,” Lightning head coach Rich Billings said. “He’s pitched with so much confidence to this point and I don’t think there’s any reason to be concerned. I think he’ll be right back out there next time doing his thing.”

Tyler Parry started on the mound for the Lightning going five innings with six hits, five runs and three strikeouts.

A solo homerun in the top of the second put the Squeeze on the board first for a 1-0 lead.

The Lightning responded in the third with an RBI double from Peyton Faulkner and an RBI single to left by Tristen Gagan for a 2-1 lead.

An error at third plated...

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Box Score
Late rally not enough for Lightning, fall to Squeeze

Lightning fall in series finale to Rats

The Leesburg Lightning (6-7) dropped the final game of the series with a 4-1 final score against the Sanford River Rats (11-5) Saturday night at Pat Thomas Stadium.

Sanford struck first in the top of the third inning Omar Villaman brought in one run and a putout on Elih Marrero scored another for a 2-0 lead.

The Rats added another in the fourth on a Dathan Prewitt putout for a 3-0 ballgame and Leesburg’s bats remained quiet all night with only three hits for the squad.

“I’m trying to encourage them individually as I’m in the dugout and try to give them certain things that I see from each at bat as the game goes,” Billings said. “Instead of talking to them collectively as a group I try to hit each of them individually tonight with something throughout the game. It’s little things but nonetheless there’s still adjustments that need to be made and we’ll get it.”

With bases loaded in the bottom of the sixth Sanford pitcher Ronny Orta plucked Brent Burgess in the back to bring in a...

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Box Score
Lightning fall in series finale to Rats

Cutting into a Sanford River Rats (10-3) lead with a two out rally in the ninth could not get it done for the Leesburg Lightning (6-6) on Thursday night at Pat Thomas Stadium. The Bolts dropped the series with the 5-3 loss after a game of confusion and opportunity cut short.

An RBI single from Tristen Gagan gave the Lightning a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning.

Daniel Bergtholdt started on the mound for Leesburg and tossed five innings with eight hits, three runs, one walk and five strikeouts.

In the bottom of the third, Michael Koenig reached first on an error called out number three. Gagan reached home from second, which was ruled a run by the home plate umpire with a point to home and two fingers held up in the air.

The call of the final out at first was overturned to an error on the third baseman and the run counted for a 2-0 Lightning lead.

Sanford head coach Kevin Davidson came out to argue the call and the umpires met, overturning the run after claiming it had...

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Box Score
Rats take series from Leesburg in Thursday night loss

Lightning drop game one against Sanford

The Leesburg Lightning (6-5) traveled to Sanford (9-5) for the start of a three-game series on Thursday night that would end the Bolts’ four-game win streak with a 7-1 loss at Sanford Memorial Stadium.

The River Rats scored first with a solo home run over the left field fence for a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second.

They scored again in the fourth when a single brought in one and a double added two for a 4-0 Sanford lead.

“There were errors on defense that don’t count as errors in the book,” Billings said. “We were late getting to some bags and throwing to some wrong bases and not holding guys when we should.”

Josh Wilson (Florida A&M) started on the mound for the Lightning and tossed 5.1 innings with five hits, four runs and three strikeouts. Benjamin Berggren (Bethune-Cookman) replaced him in the sixth and closed out the inning with a fly out and put out. 

“I thought Josh pitched well,” Lightning head coach Rich Billings said. “He gave us everything he had in the tank. He...

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Box Score
Lightning drop game one against Sanford

Lightning sweep Suns in doubleheader showdown

The Leesburg Lightning (6-4) took to DeLand (3-9) on Wednesday afternoon for a doubleheader against the Suns and walked away with the sweep at Conrad Park. Leesburg defeated the Suns 5-0, 2-1 to advance just half a game back from first place.

Tyler Parry (Southern Wesleyan) started on the mound for the Lightning and went a solid five innings for Leesburg. He allowed six hits, walked three and struck out one with no runs scored.

“[Parry] kept them off balance,” Lightning head coach Rich Billings said. “He was in the zone… got a lot of pop-ups and a lot of fly balls and a lot of weak contact and I think that was the difference. We made some nice plays for him on defense and when you put those two things together you give yourself a good chance to win. 

Dominic Jeancola (Embry-Riddle) replaced Parry in the sixth for a solid three up, three down inning.

Singles from Kevin Lambert (Western Kentucky) and Peyton Faulkner (Jefferson CC)  with an intentional walk on Cage Cox (Alabama...

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Box Score
Lightning sweep Suns in doubleheader showdown

Standings

Team W L PCT GB
River Rats 12 6 0.667 ---
Diamond Dawgs 8 7 0.533 2.5
Scorpions 9 8 0.529 2.5
Squeeze 8 9 0.471 3.5
Lightning 7 8 0.467 3.5
Suns 5 11 0.313 6

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Batting Leaders

T Gagan
Name AVG
Gagan 0.288
Faulkner 0.286
Ray 0.286
Cox 0.273
C Cox
Name HR
Cox 2
Gagan 2
Faulkner 1
Rayburn 1
T Gagan
Name RBI
Gagan 11
Cox 8
Sangster 7
Faulkner 5
C Cox
Name SB
Cox 4
Faulkner 2
Gagan 1
Lambert 1

Pitching Leaders

M Johnson
Name ERA
Johnson 0.82
Ruff 2.08
Parry 2.30
Smith 2.45
T Parry
Name W
Parry 2
Peden 2
Smith 2
Johnson 1
R Allain
Name K
Allain 15
Bergtholdt 14
Jeancola 13
Wilson 13
D Peden
Name WHIP
Peden 0.35
Johnson 0.86
Jeancola 0.88
Wilson 1.03