News-Sun photo by DAN HOEHNE Rufino Gutierrez slides in safely on one of a few throws home that got away in Lake Placid's 16-6 win over Frostproof Tuesday.
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published: Friday, April 12, 2013
Dragons scorch Frostproof
By DAN HOEHNE
LAKE PLACID - In the battle for sole possession of second place in the District 10-4A standings, one might have expected, well, more of a battle.
But the visiting Bulldogs weren't up to the challenge as Lake Placid overwhelmed them 16-6 Tuesday night.
It started out in compelling, if not pleasant, fashion, as Frostproof scored three in their first at bat.
After an infield single, an error put two on with nobody out.
Starter Heath Harris froze the next batter with a two-strike Uncle Charlie, but would soon slip in charging off the mound to field a bunt allowing the bases to be loaded with one out.
The next batter flew out to short left to get the Dragons one out away from escaping the jam, but a single to left brought two home and a wild pitch allowed another run to come across and the Bulldogs were out to a 3-0 lead.
That lead was short lived, however, as Lake Placid evened things up in the bottom half.
Ricky Miller began the rally by taking one for the team and moved to second on a wild pitch.
He proceeded to third on a grounder to short, but had to hold on a comeback grounder to the mound.
But Laine Daum ripped one into left to bring Miller home and get the Dragons on the board.
Tyler Carr then followed with a deep shot that go over the right-fielder's head, with Carr scampering all the way around the bases for a two-run, inside-the-park home run to even the score at 3-3.
Harris settled in and got three quick outs in the second, and a combination of persistent hitting, aggressive base running and poor fielding lead to nine Lake Placid runs in the bottom of the frame to blow it open.
Rufino Gutierrez singled to right to get it started and moved to second when Harris drew a walk.
One out later, with the runners on second and third, a chopper to third was thrown home to try to get Gutierrez, but couldn't be handled.
During Nathan Stanley's at bat, a wild pitch brought another run in before Stanley walked.
Another grounder was thrown home, but again, couldn't be gathered and another run was in.
Daum picked up another RBI with a single to center and Carr reached again on a single to right.
Another error brought a run in, as did a squeeze bunt by Gutierrez, with yet another error bringing yet another run home.
Harris then finished the scoring with a sacrifice fly RBI and the lead now stood at 12-3.
"Since they started making errors, we saw that they were getting down on themselves so we kept hitting the ball hard somewhere," Harris said. "And they kept making errors.
"We mercy-ruled them the last time we played, but they're the only team in the district to have beaten DeSoto."
But they was no danger of a Frostproof win this night.
The Bulldogs did get on the board again, but so did the Dragons enough to end it early.
Lake Placid was at Avon Park for one final district contest Thursday night, before finishing out the regular season next Thursday with a visit from Clewiston.
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