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Baseball Lions get best of
Cougars on opening day

   Two of the finest words spoken come each spring, “Opening Day.”  Opening day for local high school baseball allowed baseball-lovers to take advantage two full days ahead of the MLB brethren as last Friday afternoon brought together the host Lions taking on the North Daviess Cougars.  
  Les Page Field was the backdrop for the Roger Bailey Era after an impressive 22-year stint from skipper Mike Wagoner.  As has become customary, the plate umpire piped up, “Play Ball” and senior pitcher Roland Slaubaugh listened attentively as his arm kept the visitors at bay in a 5-1 victory.  The hurler went seven strong, keeping his pitch count out under triple figures in the process.  He struck the side out in both the first and fifth frames and induced a bases-full ground out to second base in the third to protect a 4-0 lead his comrades provided for him in the home half of the first.  
  In that half-inning, Josh Divine led off the year with a base-on-balls, Patrick Bowling singled, Derek Parsons picked up where he left off last season with a RBI double, Slaubaugh scored a run with a grounder, Mitch Harder, Wade LaMar, and Matt Tucker drew consecutive walks, and Tyler Bratton picked up a ribbie on a sac fly to right.
   The bulge was all Slaubaugh needed although Bowling scored his second run and the team’s fifth and final in the bottom of the fifth after being hit by a pitch and scampering around the paths.  
  North Daviess did ruin the shutout by piecing back-to-back hits to open the seventh, but three straight ground balls sewed up a W in Bailey’s debut as head Lion.  
  Loogootee actually only banged out five hits in very damp conditions but benefited from four of the five walks they drew in their first trip to the plate.  Slaubaugh also gave up five hits but K’d eight on the evening, pitching around three walks and one error.
-Photo by Larry Hembree
Bryant Ackerman goes after a fly ball in centerfield in the Lions 5-1 victor over North Daviess.
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