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LCHS Panthers fall to West Laurens, 3-8
Panther Justin Eaton prepares to swing the bat in Friday’s game at West Laurens. The Panthers lost 3-8 and are 0-3 in region 3-AAA. - photo by Photo by Pat Watkins

Losing 3-8 on the road at West Laurens on Friday night left the Panther baseball squad 0-3 in Region 3-AAA. They were set for another region battle yesterday at Panther Field against Burke County.

Panther coach David Samuel said once again, the hits were lacking.

"Last night, we only had 3 hits again and left the bases loaded twice with less than one out," he said. "Another time, we had runners at second and third with one out and we just couldn’t get the guys in. We made a couple of errors but even with the errors, we would have lost 3-5. So it’s not the errors that are killing us, it’s the hitting."

Samuel said he and his players spent the bus ride back talking and came to the conclusion they were overdoing the entire process.

"They feel they are getting a little too serious with it and trying to over concentrate," he said. "So I was talking to the guys last night on the bus and I think we just need to come back and just play some baseball and have fun."

The Panthers were scheduled to play Saturday at home against another region opponent, Burke County.

The coach said they were going to show up to the field and have a little player’s meeting to iron some things out before the game.

While the coach said they plan to run some hitting drills before the game, he added Saturday’s game would be all about having fun while playing the game.

Final results from Saturday’s game and stats from both games will be in Wednesday’s Coastal Courier.

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