The Russell County Lakers baseball team finished up its dominant run in the Cal Ripken Experience in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina on Monday. The Lakers went 5-0 to improve their overall record to 10-1 on the season.
In all, Russell County defeated:
• the Butler Aviators, 4-2
• the Archbishop Carroll Patriots, 9-1
• the Prestonburg Blackcats, 7-0
• the Centreville Wildcats, 16-9
• the Nicholas County Blue Jackets, 9-2
Senior Nathan Lawson led the Lakers both at the plate and on the mound. Over the course of the five games, Lawson had nine hits — including three home runs and a double — nine RBI, six runs, and also drew two walks and stole a base.
On the mound, Lawson was credited with two of the Lakers’ five wins, racking up 18 strikeouts in 10 innings while only allowing five hits and two runs (none earned).
Russell County had a strong showing at the plate from several players, with six Lakers recording at least four hits: Lawson, Isaac Roy, Mayes Gosser, Aidan Antle, Evan Hammond, and Nick Aaron. Bryce Cowell, Maxon Gosser, and Trace Stringer each added three hits apiece as well throughout the Cal Ripken Experience.
Six other pitchers, in addition to Lawson, took the mound for the Lakers.
Senior Cody Luttrell went seven innings and picked up the complete-game win against Archbishop Carroll, striking out 11 batters while only allowing four hits and one run (none earned).
Aaron also picked up a complete-game win, defeating Prestonburg while recording six strikeouts and allowing just three hits and no runs.
Antle picked up the other win for the Lakers, defeating Centreville. Antle went 4.1 innings. He struck out four batters, allowing nine hits and six runs (five earned) in his lone appearance on the mound.
The Lakers’ next game will be Monday, April 11, at Wayne County. Their next home game will be Tuesday, April 12, against Metcalfe County.