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Lions baseball team cruises in season opener

Clay Lloyd slugged a pair of two-run doubles, Andrew Abbott added a double, single and two RBIs, and the Halifax County Middle baseball team eased past Hargrave Military Academy 17-1 Monday at home in its season opener.

Halifax finished with nine hits, Tyler Duffer with a double and two RBI’s, Jake McLamb with a two-run single, Matthew Ratliff with a two-run double and Holt Powell with a sacrifice fly for another RBI.

Will Scheier added a double and Tylik Powell a base hit for the Lions, who scored four runs off three hits in the first inning, three runs off two hits in the second, and three runs off one hit in the third frame before ending the game with seven runs off three hits in the bottom of the fourth inning.

Four Lions pitchers held Hargrave to two hits for the game, with Abbott pitching the first two innings and giving up one run on two hits while striking out four batters and walking none.

Brayden Moore, Lloyd and Alex Lowery each hurled one inning, with Moore striking out three batters and walking one, Lloyd striking out one batter and walking none and Lowery striking out one batter and walking one.

Lions Head Coach Jody Nelson like his team’s approach for its first game of the season.

“Our pitching was extraordinary yesterday,” said Nelson.

“All four guys looked sharp, and they were able to keep the ball down in the zone.  They also had good breaking stuff yesterday. 

“Offensively, we hit all the way through the lineup.  I was pleased with the way we swung the bats, and at the same time we had good approaches for the most part.”

With the first game behind them, the Lions can now settle in for the rest of the season and improve day by day, according to Nelson. 

“We are definitely heading in the right direction going into conference play Wednesday here against Bluestone,” Nelson noted.

“I hope our guys got the first game jitters out of their systems, so now they can just go out and play to their potential.”