The last time the Lakeview Academy Lions took the field they were on the wrong end of a one-sided blowout.
The same can't be said of Wednesday's game against Riverside Military; the Lions scored six runs in the first inning and cruised to a 10-0 win.
"This is what we're capable of," said Lakeview assistant coach John Simpson, who was filling in for the suspended Deuce Roark. "This type of offensive performance is what we were hoping to have this year."
Fresh off a 20-0 loss to Hebron Christian Academy on Monday, Lakeview (3-4, 2-2 Region 8-A) jumped all over the Eagles (0-11, 0-6) in the opening inning, sending six batters to the plate before Riverside recorded its first out. Taylor Simpson had the big hit of the inning, launching an 0-1 pitch over the center field fence for a two-run home run that gave Lakeview a 4-0 lead.
A wild pitch and passed ball led to two more runs for Lakeview in the first, and gave starter Dallas Deavers plenty of run support.
Too bad he didn't need it.
Deavers struck out two of the first four batters he faced and finished with eight strikeouts in the five-inning game. The sophomore credited the early offensive support for his strong outing.
"It helped me relax," the southpaw said. "I was just trying to throw strikes, and I was confident in the defense behind me."
Deavers, who only allowed three hits, got some help from that defense in the second inning when catcher Nick Drury made a nice catch on a foul pop up with two on and one out. He struck out the next batter to strand the only Eagle to reach second base all game.
"Dallas pitched well," John Simpson said. "This was nothing out of the ordinary; he's pitched well all year."
The Lions scored four additional runs in the second inning, three of which came courtesy of Riverside's fifth and sixth error of the game. Deavers' single led to the lone RBI of the inning.
"We just wanted to put the ball in play," Simpson said of the Eagles, who had seven errors, three hit batters and three wild pitches. "Riverside's a respected team, but that's baseball. Sometimes you have bad days."
Jacob Whitenton had an RBI triple and two runs scored for Lakeview, which visits Athens Christian at 5:15 p.m. today.
Jacob Harrison's double in the second inning was
Riverside's lone extra-base hit on the day. The Eagles visit Prince Avenue Christian at 5:30 p.m. today.