Leesville Baseball Falls to Orange County  

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The Pride traveled outside of Wake County borders for a matchup with Orange High School. On March 25, Leesville has their last non conference matchup against Apex Friendship before conference play begins. (Photo courtesy of Jack Short)

With a 7-2 loss at Orange High school, Leesville has now dropped 3 of its last 4 games. Walks and errors ended up costing the Pride this game.

Tanner Langlois, Starting pitcher, had a decent outing only giving up 2 earned runs. The combination of walks and his rising pitch count eventually knocked him out of the game.

He was then replaced by Ryan Manning who faced just 7 batters before he was taken out due to lack of command. He was only able to get two outs. 

Adam Smith was then brought in for the final 3 innings of relief. He mounted up 4 strikeouts and didn’t give up any runs. Throughout the course of the season, he has been a great relief option for Leesville.

Although the pitching was questionable, the Pride was also unable to provide any run support. 

The Pride was unable to score more than 2 runs in 2 of their last 3 games. The Pride’s pitching problems may never improve if they’re unable to put runs on the board. 

One right spot for Leesville was  Justin Chambers, junior second baseman. He went 3-3 with an RBI and 3 stolen bases. He had more hits (3) than the rest of the team had combined 

(2). His performance almost certainly guaranteed him more at bats in the coming games.

As Leesville heads into conference play, starting pitching is one area that needs to make strides if this team is going to compete for a state title later this season. 

For the majority of the season the Pride has found ways to score runs, but the pitching has fallen short.

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