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Hinesville Lions Club tries to come back but came up short against Coastal Oral
Chris Grant runs to second base while a defender from the team representing Hinesville Lions Club throws for the out in Thursday’s Mite league game at the LCRD. Coastal Oral Surgery won 12-8. - photo by By Patty Leon / Coastal Courier
Sports editor’s note: As school sports wind down for the summer, the Courier hopes to have more coverage of the games happening at the LCRD. We will try and feature at least one baseball and softball game per week as well as run the scores and highlights, as they are made available.

Liberty Independent Troop and James Brown parks come alive every afternoon as the regular season of summer baseball and softball swings into high gear. A high-scoring Mite league game is this week’s featured game.
Coastal Oral Surgery 12, Hinesville Lions Club 8
The team representing Coastal Oral Surgery took a quick 2-1 lead in the first inning. Determined to build on the lead the team kept the bats pinging, bringing home six more runs for a 8-1 lead going into the third.
After a sluggish start, the Hinesville Lions Club started a rally in the third, bringing home 3 runs in the third. The mighty Lions also awoke defensively, getting runners out on bases and not allowing the Coastal team to score.
In the fourth inning The Lions came within one point of the Coastal Oral Surgery 7-8.
But Coastal Oral came alive in the fourth as well, bringing home another 3 runs extending their lead to 11-7.
Each team scored a run in the fifth for the final 12-8 win for team Coastal Oral Surgery.
“Having a win like this is great,” Coastal Oral Surgery head coach Sharon Anderson said. “I see so much improvement and I am so proud of them. I always tell them that winning is not everything and as long as they try their best they already won.”
Anderson said teaching teamwork and mutual respect to competitors, as well as gaining confidence in their abilities, are what she stresses to her players.
Assistant coach Scott Miller added that sportsmanship while learning the skills to be competitive is equally important. He said he has noticed a great improvement.
“We’ve come a long way,” he said. “We have kids who never played before and now we are coming together as a team and holding up. It was a significant win. When the other team started coming back we were able to pull the kids back up and they came through for us and finished the game.”
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