MARYSVILLE — The Lakewood Cougars were defeated by Archbishop Murphy, 4-2, on April 7.
The Cougars' baseball season has been rough since it started on March. 15.
Lakewood was 2-6 overall when it met Archbishop Murphy, which was 8-2 overall, on April 7, but it was the best the Cougars looked all season.
"It was good to compete against one of the better teams in the conference," Lakewood head coach Jake Kon said. "It was good to see what we can do in the game."
The Cougars looked good at the bats, and on defense, but it was executing in the later innings which cost their win.
"I thought our approach at the plate was good, but we just need to execute," Kon said.
Lakewood started strong and held Archbishop Murphy down for six innings in the eight-inning game, but an untimely rally by Archbishop Murphy in the final two innings snatched the win from the Cougars' claws.
"For the first six innings, we held them at bay," Kon said. "We were able to squeak some runs across, but I think we left a couple out there that we could have added on that would have helped toward the end of the game."
The first inning couldn't have started better for Lakewood.
"The potential for this team is right up there with anybody else," Kon said. "They have enough talent to go and play against anybody."
Lakewood senior Drew Earnheart pitched well, and being backed up by strong fielding in the first inning. "Earnheart, our starter, went out there and threw well," Kon said. "If we want to be successful, we have to play solid defense and execute on the play."
After causing Archbishop Murphy three outs, the Cougars were up to bat.
Earnheart off the mound hits a double to start off the Cougars' batting in the first inning. Earnheart advanced to third by a hit from Lakewood junior Hunter Fritz.
Earnheart was eventually brought home courtesy of pickle caused by Lakewood junior Matt Seiber, between first and second base.
Lakewood led 1-0 going into the second inning.
After displaying excellent relaying and base defense in the third inning, the Cougars got in another run.
Lakewood junior David Campbell was brought home by a big hit from Seiber, which had the Cougars ahead 2-0.
Lakewood held its lead for six more innings until Archbishop Murphy's bats were revitalized in the final innings.
"They're a good team, and they're going to get some hits," Kon said. "I know we could do better."
Archbishop Murphy tied the game in the seventh inning.
Lakewood attempted to the break tie when they were at bats, but the Cougars were tagged out at the end of the seventh.
The eighth inning did Lakewood in. Archbishop Murphy loaded up the bases, and scored two more runs.
Lakewood had one more chance in the final inning. Though the Lakewood's last stand was competitive, they were unable to convert in bases, taking the 4-2 loss.
Lakewood played Archbishop Murphy two more times, on April 9, and April 11, but the results were not available by press time.
"Hopefully we'll execute better and be a little smarter on the bases," Kon said.
As of April 8, Lakewood's overall record is 2-7, and 2-6 in the league.