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Panthers pounce on Dragons

Published:   |   Updated: March 12, 2013 at 05:26 PM

The Lake Placid softball team had a number of new players in the lineup against Mulberry on Friday night.

With the Green Dragons girls basketball squad making its deep run into the playoffs, it was the first time those players were on the diamond, but the Green Dragons will have to wait to see the end results, as the game with the Panthers was halted in the top of the fourth inning due to rain.

The decision to call the game came about 20 minutes too late for the Green Dragons, as a slippery ball led to numerous walks in the fourth and the Panthers turned a 6-0 lead into a 14-0 advantage before play was halted with two outs and the bases loaded.

"We had a lot of new faces and we're starting to work all sophomores for pitching," said Lake Placid assistant coach Charlie Swift. "We do have good athletes and sooner or later we will figure this thing out."

The game didn't start badly for the Green Dragons. After holding the Panthers scoreless in the top of the first, Laine Weber-Callahan started things off for Lake Placid with a leadoff double but was unable to score.

With two outs in the top of the second, Mulberry used a bloop single down the first-base line to score the first run of the game and another base hit made it 3-0 before the Green Dragons could get out of the inning.

The Panthers tacked on three more runs in the top of the third.

Swift knows it will take a little bit of time before the Green Dragons are playing their best, which will happen when all the players get used to playing with each other.

But he also knows they don't have too long.

"If it takes longer than three weeks I'll be aggravated," he said.

The Green Dragons will be at home against All Saints Academy on Thursday. (863) 386-5841