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Leesburg trumps Altamonte with mid-game rally

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 with any fastballs,” Gagan said. “I fouled the first one off in my second at bat and I knew they were going to come back with the same thing, so I put a good wood on it.”

Austin Mauer followed with a double to score Brenton Burgess and Kevin Lambert reached on an error that plated another Bolt for a 6-5 ballgame.

Peyton Faulkner and Gagan scored in the sixth on a Altamonte error for a 7-6 Lightning lead. A bases loaded walk put Leesburg up 8-6 before the close of the inning.

Ryan Allain tossed a one hit, one strikeout inning before Drew Peden entered for the final three. Peden held the Scorpions to two hits with one strikeout in his appearance.

“Peden is the best pitcher in this league, no questions asked,” Teegarden said. “He did a great job and now he gets a few days rest. We always count on Peden when we have a lead - we know we’re safe. We just sit back and enjoy watching him pitch.”

Cox sealed the win with another RBI double and Leesburg walked away with a 9-6 victory.

“We came in knowing that we can come in and still clinch the three seed with two wins against Altamonte and we did that tonight,” Teegarden said. “Now we have to go play them tomorrow in a big, big game… We have to look at one inning at a time tomorrow.”

Leesburg returns to action tomorrow as they take on the Scorpions at Conrad Park in DeLand. First pitch is set for 7 p.m.




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