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Lawrence edges Timber Creek

TARBORO – A Cameron Peed walk-off homer lifted Lawrence Academy here Wednesday.

The Warriors’ baseball squad went to extra innings with Timber Creek (NJ) High School before grabbing a 3-2 victory in eight innings.

“It was definitely an exciting baseball game. You love to be part of games like that,” said fifth-year Lawrence skipper Robert Kravitz. “Both pitchers pitched exceptionally well. Both pitched out of jams.”

Timber Creek took the early lead in the opening game of the Tarboro Easter Baseball Classic. After the leadoff batter was hit by a pitch, he scored on an RBI-fielder’s choice to give the New Jersey school the early lead.

Lawrence responded in the second inning when Daniel Oliver doubled and then scored on an RBI-fielder’s choice with William Norrell at the plate.

The game remained tied through seven regulation innings, forcing an extra frame.

In the top of the eighth, Timber Creek took the lead with a run that came thanks to a single, a bunt and a sacrifice fly.

Lawrence, however, wasn’t done.

Evan Holton led off the bottom of the eighth with a single and then Peed delivered the two-run walk-off homerun that gave the Warriors their 14th win of the season.

“Even though we didn’t score a lot of runs between us, I think both teams put some pressure on the defense,” Kravitz said. “We’re pretty evenly matched.

“Having said that, it’s good to come out on top of a baseball game like that,” he added. “It was a great game by both teams.”

Daniel Oliver pitched seven innings for the Warriors, allowing just one run on four hits while striking out five and walking three. Jonathan Brantley came in for the eighth inning and picked up the win after allowing one run on one hit and striking out one.

Lawrence had just seven total hits, including a pair by Evan Holton (2-for-3) and one each from Peed, Oliver, Norrell, Dylan Ralph and Kyle Meads.

The Warriors will meet the winner of the Tarboro-St. Mariah Goretti High School contest that was played later Wednesday.