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Lions Bats Roar Tuesday Evening


St. Leo jumped out early on a grand slam home run in the top of the first, and went on to score in every inning except for the sixth. They pounded out fifteen hits leading to a 16-2 victory at Southard Stadium.

The Lions improved to 9-4 with tonight's victory against Clearwater.

With the bases loaded in the top of the first inning, shortstop Zach Miller hit a grand slam home run over the left field fence. Miller got another opportunity in the second inning, and with a runner on second base, he lifted his second home run of the day over the wall, giving St. Leo an 8-0 lead, as Miller knocked in six of the first eight Lions runs.

Clearwater got on the board in the eighth inning, scoring two runs. Right fielder Henry Turner led the inning off with a single, and advanced to second on a catcher's interference call, allowing sophomore David Edwards to reach base. Next, sophomore Jefte Velez put the ball in play, and on a hard hit ground ball, an error was made, loading the bases. Sophomore Chaz Russo followed with a sac fly to right field, allowing Turner to score from third. Freshman Nate Krouse then came through with a single up the middle, scoring Edwards from second.

The Cougars eighth was the highlight inning for the Cougars offensively, as the Lions pitching staff put together a solid performance, striking out ten hitters.

Krouse and Turner both went 2-4 at the plate.

Junior Josh Williams threw effectively for the Cougars, keeping the Lions lineup in check, going three innings out of the bullpen, and giving up one earned.

Rick Teasley picked up the win for St. Leo, going six innings, striking out eight, allowing one hit, and didn't give up a run.

The Cougars will be in action on Thursday as they welcome Cedarville University for their first games of the year. The double header will begin at 5 p.m. and will be played at the Joe DiMaggio Complex in Clearwater, Florida.