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Leesville Road looks to hold steady, edge Broughton in second half of baseball season

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Leesville Road got its fifth straight conference win Thursday, topping Wake Forest-Rolesville 9-1 on the road.

The Pride’s only Cap Eight loss of the season came against league leader Broughton.

The two teams will face each other again on Friday at Leesville Road.

“Broughton will be a tough game,” said Leesville senior Corey Brassington. “We always face their best in (pitcher) Joseph Bialkowski, but we’re hoping to keep this rolling and try to win (the) conference.”

The Pride were scheduled to travel to Enloe on Tuesday. Though the Eagles are in last place in the conference, first-year Leesville head coach Guy Civitello said his team can’t overlook any opponent.

“We need to worry about Enloe first,” Civitello said. “We know Broughton’s a really good team, and we need to just keep doing what we have to do. We need to take care of ourselves and play good defense and pitch and try to execute offensively and not worry about so much what other teams are going to try to do to us.”

Leesville’s bats came alive midway through the game at Wake Forest as the team rallied for five runs in the fifth inning.

Brassington led the Pride with two doubles and three RBIs while also getting the win on the mound.

Wake Forest-Rolesville coach Kevin Lynch said his team came out flat despite coming off of a 15-7 win at Millbrook two days earlier.

“I don’t understand you come off a game like the one against Millbrook and you come out flat,” Lynch said. “It’s a little frustrating ... (but) we’re young, and every day I see something positive. It’s there. We still have a shot if we play like we did against Millbrook. There’s still hope.”

While the Cougars are looking to shake things up in the second half of the season, Millbrook will try to hold steady near or at the top.

“We had some success in the first half (of the season) and we know the conference is extremely tough, so we’ve got to keep working,” Civitello said. “It’s nice that we’ve had some success in the first half, but it doesn’t mean it’s going to work that way in the second half. Every game is going to be a challenge, and we just need to work and know that every team is going to be tough.”

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