The Lake Forest Spartans’ baseball squad is now one game above .500 sitting currently at 5-4 on the season after a 5-1 victory over Dickinson on Saturday afternoon.
Lake Forest came into the season hoping to be a contender in the Henlopen South division. And with a nice mix of returning seniors and some exciting underclassmen the Spartans expectations were reasonably high.
However, the Spartans started the season off slowly and appeared to hit a season-low after being shutout in back-to-back games against Polytech and Caesar Rodney. Though, just a week later their fortunes have changed dramatically.
On Saturday, Jon Steele pitched six strong innings giving up just one run while striking out six Dickinson batters in the Spartans’ 5-1 win, their third victory in a row.
While Steele was strong on the mound, his teammates gave him an early lead before even set foot on the mound Saturday. Lake Forest pounded out four runs in the top-half of the first off of Dickinson senior starter Adam Gerdeman who was out of the game by the second inning.
The Lake Forest offense was led by Chris Sipple who went 3-for-3 on the day, while Logan Simpson smacked his second homer of the year in the victory.
“(The) team is working hard and progressing very well,” said Lake Forest head coach Corey Wyatt. “We’re looking to be a contender in the Henlopen South and our goal is always to make the state tournament, and I think we have a chance to get there if we can get quality pitching.”
The Spartans now trail only Delmar (7-3) in the Henlopen South standings, a team they defeated 5-2 on Wednesday.
After two straight losses to Polytech and Caesar Rodney, being outscored 16-0, the Spartans have outscored their opponents 17-4 over their three-game winning streak.
The Spartans return to the diamond today hosting a tough Sussex Central (5-1) team for the first of five straight conference game featuring matchups with Woodbridge (0-6), Sussex Tech (6-3), Milford (2-7), and Indian River (1-6).
Meanwhile, the Rams sit at 2-7 on the year, dropping six of their last seven games. They return to the diamond Thursday at Conrad (7-3) starting at noon.