While the Lakeshore High baseball team hasn't started this season the way it hoped, the path to becoming a better team started Thursday afternoon.
The Titans pounded out 13 hits and scored 12 runs in only five innings, defeating Albany 12-1 in Mandeville. The game was called in the fifth inning because of the 10-run mercy rule.
“We have had some guys that have been struggling at the plate as of late,” Lakeshore catcher J.T. Singletary said. “Hopefully a game like this gets everybody good and back on track and we can build on this. It hasn’t been the kind of start to the season that we may have liked, but hopefully we can build on the momentum from a win like this. We need to start playing better baseball.
“District play is just around the corner and we need to start figuring out what we are doing and what players we can count on. I think we will be ready come the start (of district play).”
After giving up a single run in the top of the first after a pair of hit batsmen and a single, Lakeshore (4-6-1) batted around in the first inning, scoring five runs on four hits.
Junior Jacob Bernard led off the inning with a double and while attempting to steal third base, scored on an Albany (1-9) throwing error. With one out, Singletary was hit by a pitch, stole second base and scored on a fielding error after a single by Devin Weilbaecher.
A single by Jared Hymel and a walk to Norris McClure loaded the bases for the Titans. Third baseman Parker Orvin and left fielder Tyler Geggenheimer followed with RBI singles to make it 4-0.
The Titans batted around again in the third inning, pushing across five more runs on five hits. Starting pitcher Christian Westcott had a two-run double in the inning, Singletary had an RBI single and shortstop Chris Olivier drove in a run via an RBI single in the third inning.
Singletary kept his hot streak going an inning later with a two-run single, finishing 2-3 with three RBIs.
While the Titans pounded out double-digit runs for only the third time this season, Westcott was impressive on the mound, picking up the complete-game victory. He allowed only one hit, striking out four and not walking a batter.