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Tuesday February 25th, 2020 1:32PM

Baseball: Estes leads Lakeview past Lumpkin County in opener

By AccessWDUN Staff

GAINESVILLE — Lakeview Academy opened its 2020 baseball campaign in dominating fashion Wednesday.

The Lions, behind a four-hitter from Andrew Estes, whipped Lumpkin County 12-2 in six innings at Lakeview Field.

It took both teams a few innings to shake off the rust. Lumpkin County (0-1) took the initial lead with a run in the top of the third. But the Lakeview offense answered in a big way.

Skyler Thellman blasted a two-run home run in the third and Sam Stewart added a three-run bomb in the fourth to ignite a 6-run inning as the Lions exploded for eight runs in the two frames. The Indians pulled within 8-2 in the fifth but the Lions scored four in the sixth to invoke the Mercy Rule.

Estes had just as big a day at the plate collecting three hits, including a double, and he knocked in three runs on the day. Stewart finished with two hits, including the home run, and drove in 4 and scored twice.

Lakeview (1-0) next will play again on Monday against North Cobb Christian. 

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