Gators get 12-1 victory over rival Crestwood

BY DANNY KELLY dannny@theitem.com
Posted 4/12/19

It was all Gators on Wednesday at the Crestwood High School field.

Lakewood defeated Crestwood 12-1 in six innings as Gators pitcher Cody Windham recorded six strikeouts with no walks and six hits in the win.

"Cody Windham had a great game," …

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Gators get 12-1 victory over rival Crestwood

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It was all Gators on Wednesday at the Crestwood High School field.

Lakewood defeated Crestwood 12-1 in six innings as Gators pitcher Cody Windham recorded six strikeouts with no walks and six hits in the win.

"Cody Windham had a great game," Gators head coach Bill DeLavan said. "Every time he's pitched, we've had a chance to win. He threw strikes. He hit the ball well today, too."

Crestwood pitcher AJ Herrera struck out two batters, issued five walks and gave up nine hits in the loss.

"We got down on ourselves real quick (when we had) back-to-back errors," Knights interim head coach Rayvon Rogers said. "We have to stay up. When we make errors, it's not the end of the game. And we have to hit the ball."

Lakewood opened up the scoring in the top of the first inning when David Frey hit a single to plate Windham and Ross Connor to take a 2-0 lead.

"David Frey had two real good hits today," DeLavan said. "He's swinging well."

Lakewood broke the game open in the top of the fourth inning. Tommy Pillsbury scored on a throwing error and Javontae Jones scored on a fielding error after a Hunter Vohs single to make it 4-0. Then Vohs scored on a throwing error, and Javien Levine scored after a Windham double to make it 6-0. Windham then scored on a throwing error Connor scored on a Frey single to make it 8-0 Gators.

Crestwood scored its lone run in the bottom of the fourth inning when Rusty Griffin scored on a balk to make it 8-1.

Lakewood padded its lead in the top of the sixth inning when Trent Frye hit a single to plate Windham to make it 9-1. Connor and Trent Frye scored on a wild pitch and Jacob Ingram scored on another wild pitch to make it 12-1.

"We were hitting the ball a little better as the game went on," DeLavan said. "We had 10 runs in the last three innings. Overall, I'm happy with a 12-1 win."

Along with Windham and David Frey, DeLavan was happy with the way Jones played as well.

"Javontae Jones swung the bat well today," DeLavan said.

The win improved Lakewood's overall record to 8-9 and its Region IV-4A record to 6-3. Crestwood dropped to 3-13 overall and 2-6 in region play.

Although Lakewood won by 11 runs, DeLavan still thinks his team can improve.

"Honestly, we were sluggish today," he said. "Our timing was off on offense and we were three outs away on baserunning mistakes. We have to play better on Friday than we did today. It's how you play the game, not really the opponent."

Rogers, who is filling in for head coach Mike Kremer who is out due to health reasons, gives a lot of credit to Kremer for what he has learned this season.

"Shout out to Coach Kremer," Rogers said. "I hope he has a spirited recovery. I've been an assistant 10 years, and I know what I'm supposed to be because I've seen what's supposed to be done because of his example. (I want to give a) shoutout to the other coaches (as well)."

Lakewood's next game will be Friday at home against Crestwood for Senior Night at 6 p.m. Crestwood's next game will be today at home against Orangeburg-Wilkinson for its Senior Night at 6:30 p.m.

Crestwood has to beat the Bruins by more than four runs to have a chance to make the playoffs.

Meanwhile, Lakewood has already made the playoffs and will be a No. 2 seed if it beats Crestwood.