Gators lethargic in field, slump continues

Rafael Rosalis on the mound against Summerfield.

By Ethan Smith, exclusive to the Times

The Lakeview Gators took the field Thursday, March 28 against Summerfield in hopes to get back into a winning mentality, going to 2-6 in their last eight games. Summerfield, despite a great season so far, lost the game before this one so the Gators planned to take advantage. That plan, in fact, did not succeed. Lakeview kept it close early, but once the second inning started, all control was lost. Summerfield pulled away scoring four runs in the second, and an astounding 12 runs in the fourth. Don’t give the credit to Summerfield’s bats, a lot of the runs were due to Lakeview’s gloves. The Gators had a disappointing 14 errors, all coming from the infielders.

Every Lakeview infielder had an error Thursday, with 2B #15 Jake Baldridge leading the team with five. The Gators just weren’t making their throws, or cleanly fielding ground balls. It was tough to watch. #27 Rafael Rosales took the loss for Lakeview. Rosales allowed five hits and 14 runs over three and a third innings, while collecting two strikeouts. The Gators scored two runs on only two hits, both runs coming from SS #1 Daron Williams, who also had one of the hits.

District play is next for Lakeview and that doesn’t mean it gets any easier though. With teams like Winnfield(#1 ranked team in 2A) and Many(#11 in 2A) in the district, the Gators have their work cut out for them. But with big teams, come big power points. Some upsets in the near future could rocket Lakeview up in the standings. We’re all hoping that’s exactly what happens.