The Lafayette baseball team looked down and out at South Panola on Saturday, but after falling behind early, the Commodores rallied to claim a 21-14 victory over the host Tigers to improve to 5-2 on the year.“It was an awesome job. I’m proud of the boys staying with it. It was an unbelievable effort,” LHS coach Greg Lewis said of his team’s 24-hit performance. “I’ve never seen anything like that.”
South Panola, leading by nine runs, looked like it would put the game away early in the fifth inning courtesy of the mercy rule, but Lafayette outfielder Hunter Robison was able to throw a Tiger out at home to end the frame and keep the game alive for Lafayette.
“It just got crazy after that,” Lewis said.
In the top of the sixth, Lafayette’s John Jeffrey Nelson homered to lead off and the ‘Dores would roar back ahead 19-14.
Luke Stanley led all Commodores with four hits, including one home run. Dylan Gossett also had four hits. Jeremy Liggins had three hits, including two doubles. Josh Mills tallied three hits, including two home runs. Nelson had two hits. Kent Hill had two hits. Tyler Mize had two hits. Robison had two hits including one home run and D.K. Buford had two hits.
Cody Grey earned the win, pitching the final four innings of the game.
Lafayette will return to action this week, participating in Oxford’s Spring Break Tournament. (March 14, 2011, Page 7)