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By, Zack Smolen

 

Leesburg, FL – It was a virtual David versus Goliath matchup Tuesday night at Pat Thomas Stadium with the Seminole County Snappers (2-4-1) entering the contest in last place against the league-leading Leesburg Lighting (8-3), and like the story, it was the underdog who came out on top as the Snappers knocked Leesburg down by a final score of 6-1. The Seminole County pitchers quieted the Lightning bats that had powered their team to two straight victories in their Saturday and Monday contests.

 

Connor Harris (George Washington) took center stage for his team, dazzling opposing batters with his arsenal over his two innings of work. He earned the win on the strength of his four strikeouts and while surrendering just a single hit and zero runs.

 

Prior to Harris’s appearance, Dylan Ross (Eastern Kentucky) set the tone for the ballgame, spinning together three shutout innings while scattering a pair of hits, allowing a walk and striking out four Lightning...

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Seminole County Snaps Lightning Win Streak with 6-1 Win

Drapeau's Doubles Defeat Storm 6-5

 

SANFORD, Fla. - Brandon Drapeau (St. Josephs) came up big at the plate and on the mound for the Seminole County as the Loggerheads defeated the Leesburg Storm by a score of 6-5. 

 

It was a game of copycat through the first two innings as both teams scored the same amount of runs in the top and bottom frames. A leadoff walk to Jeffrey Mejia Jr. (Northern Essex CC) started the top of the first for Leesburg. He moved all the way to third after a pickoff attempt escaped past the first baseman. Alex Freeland (UCF) stepped in and knocked Mejia Jr. in with a double. Freeland soon attempted to steal third but the throw down rolled into left field allowing Freeland to score. The three-run inning was capped off by consecutive brilliant coaching decisions. With AJ Shaver (Florida State) on first, the hit and run was on. Shaver sprinted to second, pulling the shortstop out of his position and Parker Pillsbury (Southern Wesleyan) smacked a base hit line-drive to where the shortstop would...

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Drapeau's Doubles Defeat Storm 6-5

Lightning Down the Dawgs for the Second Time

DeLand, FL – Unlike the first match-up between these two teams the game would not end in walk-off fashion but would still end in a Lightning (8-2) victory. Leesburg remains on top of the Florida League standing to defeat the Diamond Dawgs (4-5) five runs to two.

The game started looking like a pitcher's duel with both Lightning’s Tyler Tipton (FGCU) and Reese Brown (Seminole State) getting the first three batters of each teams’ lineup out in the first inning. The second inning was similar. Brown allowed a base runner due to an error but then got the next three hitters out including a strikeout. Tipton once again faced three Dawgs’ players and sat down all three. Both teams scored their first runs in the third.

Leesburg stuck first. Almost turning out with the same outcome as the last two innings, the Lightning had two outs in just as many batters. Then Camden Traficante (Stetson) doubles getting the first base hit for either team. Traficante later put the Lightning ahead early...

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Lightning Down the Dawgs for the Second Time

A Two-Week Check-In with the Leesburg Lightning

By, Zack Smolen

 

Record Through July 12: 7-2

 

Position in the Standings: First Place (+.5)

 

Key Victories: 6/29 vs. Dawgs (5-4)

                               7/4 vs. Squeeze (4-3)

                               7/11 @ Squeeze (16-0)

 

We are currently two full weeks into the 2020 Florida League season as the Leesburg Lightning are atop the standings with an impressive 7-2 record. The longer-tenured Leesburg squad got off to a smoking hot start, securing victories in their first five contests, including a pair of walk-off wins in the first and last games of week one, and a comeback against their in-city rival the Leesburg Storm. After dropping two in a row to kick off the second week of play, Rich Billing’s men rallied together to win back-to-back road games in which they outscored their opponents 19-0.  Below we will discuss what went right for the team through the first third of the season and what fans can expect from them moving forward.

 

 

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A Two-Week Check-In with the Leesburg Lightning

A Two-Week Check-In with the Leesburg Storm

By, Zack Smolen

 

Record Through July 12: 5-4-1

 

Position in the Standings: Fifth Place (2 GB)

 

Key Victories: 6/29 vs. DeLand (10-5)

                               7/7 @ Lightning (3-2)

                               7/10 @ River Rats (3-2)

 

While the other team in town may be at the top of the standings, fans of the Leesburg Storm have to love what they’ve seen from their expansion squad in the early going. They started their franchise off on the right foot by downing the DeLand Suns 10-5 in their first-ever contest, and established an identity quickly by swiping a league-leading 28 bases. Even though they are above .500, this team has still played below its potential thus far, and can really start turning heads around the league once they start firing on all cylinders. Here are a few things that have worked for the Storm and some insight into what they might grow into during the next couple of weeks.

 

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A Two-Week Check-In with the Leesburg Storm

Standings

Team W L PCT GB
River Rats 7 2 0.778 ---
Lightning 8 3 0.727 ---
Scorpions 5 3 0.625 1.5
Diamond Dawgs 5 5 0.500 2.5
Storm 5 5 0.500 2.5
Squeeze 4 5 0.444 3
Loggerheads 3 5 0.375 3.5
Mavericks 3 6 0.333 4
Snappers 2 4 0.333 3.5
Suns 2 6 0.250 4.5

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Batting Leaders

A Figueredo
Name AVG
Figueredo 0.357
Stearns 0.357
Rincones 0.310
Seidl 0.185
G Rincones
Name HR
Rincones 3
Figueredo 2
Seidl 1
Arroyo 0
G Rincones
Name RBI
Rincones 13
Figueredo 9
Scott 5
Stearns 4
T Seidl
Name SB
Seidl 5
DeBose 4
Figueredo 3
Teegarden 2

Pitching Leaders

M Coles
Name ERA
Coles 0.77
Ard 4.00
J Ard
Name W
Ard 2
Bennett 2
Coles 2
Gleeson 1
J Stewart
Name K
Stewart 15
Ard 13
Chappell 7
Coles 6
N Henderson
Name WHIP
Henderson 0.00
Gleeson 0.60
Coles 0.86
Smith 0.86