On March 6, a Monday night, the Maclay varsity baseball team took a trip to Southwood to face off against the Florida High Seminoles in hopes of handing the Seminoles their fourth loss of the season. Maclay lost the rivalry matchup 5-3.
The first inning was scoreless for Maclay due to the Marauders going three up and three down and Florida High managed to break senior Kolton Lawson’s perfect inning with one hit coming from the lineup. Going into the second inning the Maclay offense was unable to get runs across the plate while Florida High capitalized off of two Marauder errors in the bottom of the second to put up two runs.
“We came out really flat and had no energy going into the game,” junior Grady Brown said.“I feel like if we started out a little more energetic it could have been a little different.”
In the top of the third, the Marauders were able to score two of their own on a series of hits from junior Cole Lewis and Brown. However, going into the bottom of the third, Maclay could not stop Florida High as they were able to put up another run off of the Marauders’ errors.
“We kind of got in our own head, which we can’t do,” Lawson said. “We played hard but we just came up a little short and weren’t able to manage a comeback at the end.”
The fourth inning went scoreless for both teams but the Seminoles managed to put up two runs to the Marauders’ single run. Maclay and Florida High were unable to cross the plate in the sixth and with the bases loaded in the top of the seventh Maclay was unable to get a run across and went on to lose the game 5-3.
“We need to come out ready to play and wanting to win,” head coach Drew Sherrod said. “All I can ask is for our guys to give us a chance to win.”
Maclay’s record fell to 3-3 after Monday but they have a chance to add a win to the record on Tuesday night when they face off against Franklin County at home at 4:30 p.m. EST.